A RETROSPECTIVE application to allow a family-run deli and sandwich shop in Flookburgh to continue trading has been approved.

Claire Collins and Kevin Hodge have been trading from their Mile End Sandwich and Deli Bar, in Flookburgh, since December 2021, but in May this year, discovered that they required a change of use from the building's former incarnation as a hairdresser.

A statement submitted by Mr Hodge to South Lakeland District Council in support of the application said:

"When we first opened the shop, we were under the impression we would still be able to trade under the current shop guidelines.

"(We) understand that isn't the case, and will work with the planning authority to correct the error on both of our parts, as when we first called the council, we were told we could trade under the current class the shop fell into.

"We are the only food shop takeaway in the community that also offers gluten-free products and vegan dishes, which have had a massive thumbs-up from locals who find it hard to be able to eat out, and we will continue this going forward."

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Many residents confirm Mr Hodge's assertions, and have submitted letters in support of the application.

Dawn Thomas, of FlooKburgh, said: "A great addition to the neighbourhood.
"A bonus that they are doing deliveries to support those who cannot leave their houses.

"(I) cannot see that it has had an increased impact on parking, traffic flow, and noise levels, compared to the previous occupants."

Louise Wilkinson, of Holker, said: "This business is a hard-working local family business that provides outstanding services and food to the local community.

"As well as adding value to the village, it supports tourism in the local area during the summer months."

The planning officer's report said: "Use Class E (hot food takeaway) would allow the existing premises to be used as a cafe, which would have a very similar impact on the wider area. 

"The size of the premises will prevent significant levels of use as the kitchen is only very small and only allows small amounts of takeaways to be produced."