Double boost for Fylde cafe quarter

Plans for an new Irish bar, called Shillaylee, have been submitted to Fylde Council. It includes an outdoor eating area

Plans for an new Irish bar, called Shillaylee, have been submitted to Fylde Council. It includes an outdoor eating area

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A Fylde cafe quarter is set for a double boost after plans to build a new bar and takeaway were revealed.

Wood Street in St Annes has some of the town’s top restaurants including Italian, Chinese, Greek and Bangladeshi cuisine.

We felt there was a gap in the market for an Irish Bar

Plans lodged this week with Fylde Council include a new £25,000 Irish bar called Shillaylee and a Papa John’s Pizza takeaway.

If approved, the new ventures would replace empty properties, formerly the Snooty Fox restaurant and Sakura restaurant.

Rosetta Trucket, behind the plans for Shillaylee with partner Stuart Langton, said the new bar would bring five to six jobs as well as an outdoor seating area for up to 40 people.

She added: “It will be an Irish bar and bistro. I have worked in this industry for 20 years.

“I have owned The Links Pub in St Annes and the former Welcome Pub in Blackpool.

“We felt there was a gap in the market for an Irish bar. Talks with the council are quite advanced and if all goes to plan we could open in two to three weeks.

“We are pretty excited. We just look at it and thought ‘there is always an Irish bar in most towns’. I believe there used to be one in St Annes and we are looking forward to bringing one back.”

Proposals for the bar include parking and a side access ramp. Plans for a takeaway were approved by the council last month.

It is expected the Papa John’s Pizza eaterie will open later this summer, following two other sites at Ribby Hall in Wrea Green and Whitegate Drive, Blackpool.

Development to improve quarter

In a planning statement submitted to Fylde Council by David Shepherd on behalf of Rosetta Trucket and Stuart Langton, Mr Shepherd said Shillaylee would improve the town centre and not clash with St Annes’s conservation area.

He added: “The development would blend in without detriment to the conservation area or to other neighbouring properties.

“It would be seen as having only visual benefits and a qualitative improvement to the current property frontage, being more in keeping with adjoining and nearby uses and developments.

“It is considered to preserve the character and appearance of this part of the St Annes on Sea (Town Centre) Conservation Area in line with policies and guidance.”