Farm shop, not chippy, to open in Beverley's Saturday Market
A FARM shop and café is to open in Beverley where the last town-centre newsagents was located.
Market Cross News in Saturday Market has closed down and workmen are converting the building.
No planning permission is needed for the ground floor because it will remain as a shop.
The application for a first-floor café has been submitted but may be nodded through by East Riding Council rather than going to a vote as there have been no objections.
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A previous bid to open the premises as a fish and chip shop was withdrawn after objections about possible smell and rubbish.
The latest applicants are Stuart and Vanessa Barker, who own a chain of East Yorkshire fish and chip shops.
Mrs Barker said: "We've already got one chip shop in Beverley so we don't want another one.
"We love food, it's our passion and we've been looking for premises like this for a long time."
The application follows the closure of Market Cross News and the retirement of newsagent Nigel Holmes.
The rejection of plans by Harpers, which runs fish and chip shops across Yorkshire, to open a takeaway, was welcomed by members of Beverley Civic Society.
Neighbouring trader Michael Guest, of Guest and Philips jewellers, was among the objectors to the scheme.
His main concerns were the rubbish and traffic problems a fish and chip shop would cause.
Mr Guest, also a member of Beverley and District Civic Society, said a fish and chip shop is not suitable for the marketplace, which is earmarked for a £2.5 million revamp.
The premises overlook the historic Market Cross monument, which is a focal point in the town centre.
Mr Guest's fellow Civic Society member, Professor Barbara English, said Market Cross is one of the town's few grade one-listed buildings and the area is used by many photographers and artists.
Harpers' application was never considered by councillors on East Riding Council planning committee. Mr Holmes did not comment on why the application was withdrawn.
To date, the Barkers' application has been well received.
The couple hope they will be able to fit in well with Beverley's growing café culture and food reputation.
Mrs Barker said: "It will be a deli downstairs and a café upstairs. Everything will be cooked on the premises and sourced from local producers.
"We think Beverley is a lovely market town and there are lots of very good food providers in town.
"We've been very successful in Beverley with our fish and chip shop and we'd like to expand."
As well as running Stuarts fish and chips in Norwood, the couple have two branches in their home town of Driffield and others in Pocklington, Malton and Rillington.
Mrs Barker will run the delicatessen and farm shop while her husband concentrates on the fish and chip business.
The new shop will be at the other end of town from fourth generation grocer, G Jack and Son Ltd in Wednesday Market, run by former Mayor Duncan Jack, but the two businesses will be in direct competition.
The café and delicatessen will be flanked by two well-established retailers, Guest and Philips and Streffords menswear shop.