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Plans revealed for prominent empty unit in Gloucester

Plans have been submitted for a prominent empty unit in Gloucester city centre.

Mr Qayumi wants to transform the building at 38 - 40 Westgate Street into a restaurant and takeaway.

It sits on the corner of College Court and was previously home to 14 Gifts, which relocated to College Street, and the Army of Angels charity shop which shut.

The expansive three-storeys building was recently on the market for lease as a 4,200 sq ft space at a cost of £22,500 per annum.

It is not listed but is considered to have historical importance as it is close to the Cathedral and was likely built as a house for merchants and gentry.

The plans do not include any changes to the exterior of the building but will see the interior turned into 274m2 of restaurant space and 86m2 of takeaway space and a flue installed to extract fumes from the kitchen.

A statement submitted by Port Architects, based in Up Hatherley, on behalf of the applicant said: "It is expected the change of use will keep the building occupied and in productive use."

It does not reveal what type of food will be served but there are already several restaurants including Bangkok Canteen, Soul n' Seoul, Viet Yummy and Wok On Flame

Gloucester City Council is expected to decide the application by August 21.

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