A new Asian fusion restaurant in Blackburn’s oldest pub is set to open in six weeks despite a planning setback.
MyLahore, based in the former Red Lion Hotel in Whitebirk Road, Blackburn, is expected to open by the end of August, a spokesperson for the Bradford-based chain has said.
This is despite planners rejecting a request for new signage on and around the Grade II listed pub building which dates from at least 1735.
In May, the Bradford-based chain won planning permission for the new restaurant to open, but now Blackburn along with Darwen Council planners have turned down a further request for all 11 signs – several of which will be illuminated.
The notice of decision specifies: “The proposed announcements do not preserve the particular interest of the listed building and its environment.
“Modern, prominent and colorful designs would lead to incongruous additions and in turn have an unacceptable effect on the significance of the heritage property.
“The signs, by their number, scale and positioning, represent excessive advertising and visual clutter which negatively impacts the host building and its surroundings.”
Molly Burgess, Social Media Manager for MyLahore, said: “We hope to open in July/August, final date to be confirmed.
“Our slogan is ‘British Asian Kitchen’, so you can expect an eclectic mix of dishes! Our aim is to offer quality food, in a relaxed environment.
“As far as signage and urban planning are concerned, we are very concerned about preserving the character of the building and the neighborhood.
“Our aim is to both respect and enhance the locality. We are working hard to create an amazing restaurant which we hope will be a much-loved asset to locals.
“We are actively working with the planners to find a solution that is best for the site, and are more than willing to adjust our designs accordingly.
“An amended request will be submitted in due course.”
A report by planning officer Jamie Edwards added: “The proposal seeks advertising consent to install a range of proposed signs to advertise the use of the restaurant known as ‘MyLahore’.
“There will be 11 signs in total positioned outside the building and within the perimeter of the site.
“Attached to the listed building are three illuminated ‘My Lahore’ signs, two signs, a digital screen and a set of entry letters.
“Located within the grounds of the property, proposed signage includes a large three-sided Totem sign illuminated from within.”
When open, the Blackburn site will be MyLahore’s fifth location in the North and Midlands, alongside its flagship site in Bradford and restaurants in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.