New restaurant is on the menu

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Plans have been received by a district council to transform one of the most prominent buildings in Mildenhall into a new restaurant.

An application has been submitted to Forest Heath District Council’s planning department to turn the listed building formerly occupied by the town’s branch of Nationwide in the Market Place, into a new restaurant.

The building has stood vacant since the Swindon-based firm shut its doors back on August 31, 2012, despite strong protests from residents in the town to keep it open.

Should the plans be granted permission it would see a seating area created on the ground floor of the building with a kitchen built on the first floor.

“It is a prominent building that has sat empty for along time and the aim of the applicants is to start work on it as soon as possible subject to receiving planning permission,” said a spokesman for Thurlow Architects who are handling the application.

“We don’t know what sort of size seating area it would include yet but despite the building looking big it is not massive inside.”

News of plans to create a new restaurant is the second major boost the town could potentially receive after an application to build a Costa in the former building occupied by Blockbuster was given the go-ahead by planning officials earlier this month.