A RETROSPECTIVE planning application is set to be granted for a restaurant and bar adjoining the town centre’s new library - five months after it opened.

Falco Lounge was built alongside Library @ the Lightbox and opened its doors in May.

It was built with planning permission for an ‘ancillary cafe associated with the new library’ but the new application seeks to formally change that to a separated restaurant/cafe - formally recognised as ‘A3’ use - which allows for the sale of food and drink for consumption on the premises.

A council report said: “The proposal raises very few issues in that it solely consists of a technical exercise. The existing A3 cafe/restaurant becomes classified as a separate planning unit, instead of the original intention of it being ancillary within the library.

“There are no concerns with this proposal from a planning policy perspective.”

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Planning consent has been earmarked for approval at Tuesday’s planning board meeting.