A FORMER hostel in Newport looks set for a new lease of life, with plans to turn it into an approved deli.
Located next to the Tredegar Arms pub in Bassaleg, the site is said to have been built in the mid-19th century and served as the hostel’s shed.
More recently, the property has been transferred to private ownership and has been used primarily for storage.
But now it looks like it could be put back into service.
According to the planning documents, approval has been granted to change the use of the building to class A1 for commercial use.
It is part of the owner’s plan to open a delicatessen inside the shed.
The plans, submitted to Newport City Council by Volute Architects on behalf of their client – Ms. Nadia Singh, show that the site will be used “for the sale of food and drink to the public.”
An earlier version of the plans also provided for secondary use as a class A3 for the sale of food and drink – although this was not part of the final plan.
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What do the plans show?
The documents show that most of the food and drink will be prepared for retail.
As part of these plans, approval was given to modify the interior of the building, including the creation of a closed kitchen.
Previous plans to operate a take-out service, as well as a small amount of on-site catering were turned down by planners.
Although the exterior aspects of the building will be the subject of work, it is not expected that the character of the building will be changed.
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The proposals show that there will be no parking for delicatessen customers on the site “to protect the safety of pedestrians passing by the property and customers of the premises”.
However, this was part of the basis for refusing the use of the A3 take-out.
Previously, the shed had a building permit granted to be used as an A2 room for the use of financial and professional services.
Although this consent was granted in 2009, it is not believed that the property was used for this purpose.
More recently, it is believed that previous owners have used it for storage.
According to plans, the new owners of the property hope that this building permit “will return the property to its former importance for community use in the village of Bassaleg”.
The council’s town planners have granted the delicatessen conditional town planning approval.
One condition was that the company can only trade between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on a given day.
Another said the site may only be used for A1 use and “it will not be used for Class A3 purposes at any time.