Plans to expand a family business and create a new cocktail bar in Leyland town centre will go before councillors tomorrow.
Liam Campbell, whose parents run Coppers Tea Rooms in the Old Police Station, Golden Hill, launched a new Cocktails and Teapots idea at the venue earlier this year.
Following its success the family decided to apply for planning permission to convert the first floor offices into more tea rooms and a new cocktail lounge.
The plans will go before councillors at South Ribble Council tomorrow night, where it is recommended they be approved.
A report due before councillors states: “It is considered that the proposed change of use of part of the first floor to additional tea room and cocktail lounge would provide for the convenience needs of the local community, and that due to the combined strength of other well run establishment in the vicinity, would help promote, rather than hinder the vitality and viability of the town centre.”
The plans haven’t received any objections. However, Lancashire Constabulary has asked for further detail with regards to security systems, CCTV and lighting.
And Lancashire County Council has requested that a condition about disabled parking be imposed.
Liam, 23, will be managing the new cocktail lounge, said: “It was an old victoria court room, we want to keep it as original as possible and convert it into a bar/cocktail bar.
“We got a licence back in April for the Tea Rooms and we do ‘Cocktails and Tea Pots’ every Friday night.
“It has been going really well and quite popular in the local area.
“We had a few spare offices upstairs and decided to create a better space and free the big court room up.”
He added: “We don’t want to count our chickens before they have hatched even though its recommended we are still not counting on it until it has been given the go ahead.
“We are really excited and hopefully it will get the go ahead.”
Conditions that look set to be imposed on the plans include: that all windows to the south and west elevations have additional acoustic insulation; and that the building can’t be occupied until parking bays, including one disabled parking space has been marked out in the parking area to the rear and that this area can’t be used for any purpose other than the parking of vehicles and for service delivery purposes.
The planning committee will meet at the Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland at 6pm.