Planning application lodged for a Rick Stein restaurant in the High Street
Stein's Trading Limited have lodged a planning application with Wiltshire Council to turn the Grade II listed Lloran House, 42A The High Street, into a Rick Stein Restaurant. Planning Potential Limited, the London-based planning consultants, are acting for the company.
Lloran House is on the south side of the High Street next to what was The Ivy House Hotel. It was formerly occupied by two retail units, with offices above, but the building has been vacant for several months and is described as being "in need of investment".
The submitted plans are for listed building consent and change of use to a restaurant premises with kitchens in the basement, restaurant and bar seating on the ground and first floors with 'back of house' offices on the top floor.
The consultation period for the application ends on Monday, December 28 and the target date for a decision is January 22.
Adam Wilkinson of Planning Potential told Marlborough News Online: “We are delighted to confirm that Rick Stein has chosen to invest in this location. Apart from reinstating an important heritage asset in a sustainable and sensitive manner, the proposed restaurant will also generate around 40 new employment opportunities, as well as making a valuable contribution to the local economy.”
Starting with his famous fish restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall, the successful chef, restauranteur, author and TV presenter has opened a number of restaurants.
It is not yet clear how many covers the restaurant will serve, but the submitted plans show 82 seats with further seating in the bar area. The application includes the installation of extractor and air conditioning units.
An earlier planning application in the name of Lloran House's owners asked for permission to turn the house into flats on the upper floors and one shop area on the ground floor.
Stein Trading Ltd was incorporated in August last year - the directors are Christopher 'Rick' Stein and his ex-wife Jill Stein and Neil Mcleod who is finance director of The Seafood Restaurant (Padstow) Ltd.
In October The Seafood Restaurant (Padstow) Ltd posted before tax profits of £1,050,000 for 2014 - up on the previous year's £986,000. This year the group opened a 200-seater restaurant at Sandbanks in Dorset.