A retail park is building on its reputation as a food and drink destination by putting forward new plans to develop a building to house a restaurant in.

Under the proposal a new unit built at Middlebrook Retail and Leisure Park in Horwich, will incorporate a terrace area.

There is no indication on the plans on which restaurateur will move in.

The plans will go before Bolton planning officers.

Bolton Council planning committee member Cllr Debbie Newall said: "


The Bolton News: The plans have been put before Bolton CouncilThe plans have been put before Bolton Council (Image: Obit Investments Ltd)

“Planning looks at the ground and it looks at the buildings so if there are material considerations like an airing tube or something to do with parking spaces then that would be something we’d have to consider.”

If approved, the new restaurant will be built in a gap between a row of four restaurant units on the Linkway at Middlebrook.

A statement on behalf of developers Orbital Investments said: “The unit would be located on the deck level and thus car parking spaces are lost, however Middlebrook has several thousand existing spaces for customers.

“Appropriate disabled spaces are provided in a row closest to the unit.

“Compared to the restaurant unit already approved within the red-edge site, this revised proposed unit has a frontage which is better positioned in the building line with the existing units either side.”

It added: “A terrace area will be available for use for the tenant and customers to the front of the unit, similar to outside seating areas already utilised in adjacent units, and this area is shown on the proposed site plan.”

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The developers say that this site will be well served with public transport links.

The plans were put before Bolton Council on Friday April 21 and will be up for neighbourhood consultations until Thursday May 18.

This will allow other businesses along the Linkway to make their feelings known on the proposal.

The retail park is home to leading chain restaurants serving up sushi to pizzas.

Bolton Council will then decide whether or not to approve the plans at a later date