The new Silloth wine bar in a former confectionery

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A brand new wine bar could see the light of day in what was once a candy store and children’s party venue.

Allerdale Borough Council has received a request for change from us to convert 14 Criffel Street, Silloth into a wine bar.

Enforcement agent, Phoenix Architects, said: “In association with the change of use, some minor changes to the facade replace the sliding sash window with folding windows to allow the bar to positively connect to pavement activity.

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“Some of the walls are opened up inside to maximize usable floor space and the buildings at the back are replaced to a better building standard.”

The owners plan to include a seating area on the street outside and the change of use application will include permissions to serve food in the bar. The agent said the new wine bar would be well suited to the area.

Phoenix Architects said: “The use as a bar with kerbside seating areas appears entirely within the existing character of the main façade and is a valuable addition providing much needed vitality to the town’s tourist offering.”

Criffel Street is the broad mono main frontage to the public green, play space and city beach. There will be minimal changes to the appearance of the store front. Phoenix Architects said: “The facade is rendered and beautifully detailed in a neo-classical style which will not be altered.

“The only changes to the facade will be the replacement of the ground floor window and the addition of exterior wall lighting.”

Four jobs would be created by the proposal, two full-time and two part-time. Allerdale Council has estimated that the earliest date it will make a decision on the application is May 12.

The public can view and comment on all applications submitted to Allerdale Borough Council for approval.

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