A new restaurant could soon be set to open in a town becoming known as a food and drink destination.

If approved, the new restaurant will be above the Fireaway Pizza takeaway on Market Street in a space formerly occupied by The Italian Loft cocktail bar and the former Wobbly Cow on Wood Street in Westhoughton, with seating for around 50 people.

They are connected by a bridge between the two buildings which has already been in place for some time.

Cllr David Wilkinson, of Westhoughton South, said: “Many years ago when the buildings were both owned by the same person, they put a bridge in there connecting them.

“It was a lady’s clothing but that was a good few years ago now.”

The Bolton News: The plans have been put before Bolton CouncilThe plans have been put before Bolton Council (Image: Delta Tech Ltd)

He added: “I suppose it’s a use of a space that’s been empty for some time.”

The new restaurant will form part of a changing high street in Westhoughton.

The Bolton News: Market Street and Wood Street, WesthoughtonMarket Street and Wood Street, Westhoughton (Image: Google Maps)

The town has seen more interest from people setting up bars, cafes and restaurants.

Last month the new Rishi’s Fusion Food outlet opened on Market Street in Westhoughton, while earlier in October the Victoria Pub, also on  Market Street, announced plans to open again after being shut for nearly a year.

The new plans, submitted by M Oliver with Delta Tech Ltd acting as agents, will seek to add to this growing list.

So far, Bolton Council's highways and engineering department have said that thanks to its location and accessibility they have no reasons for objecting to the proposal. 

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Cllr Wilkinson said: “Yet again, Westhoughton seems to be attracting more food applications but that’s the changing face of the high street.

“I’ll be honest, Westhoughton has been more fortunate than Bolton in this regard.

“Retail, whether we like it or not has fundamentally changed.”

The plans were first put before Bolton Council on Thursday October 26 and will be open for neighbourhood consultations until Thursday November 16 to give people living nearby on Market Street and Wood Street the chance to give their views.

Bolton Council will then aim to decide whether or not to approve the plans by Thursday December 21 this year.