Plans for new café at this Stoke-on-Trent air park scrapped



Plans for a new café inside a popular Stoke-on-Trent leisure attraction have been scrapped.

Proposals submitted to Stoke-on-Trent City Council would have seen an office block adjoined to Inflato transformed into an eatery.

The inflatable air-park opened in 2019 and the company says demand has exceeded the capacity of the Festival Park site at times.

Applicant Ian Malyan, on behalf of Inflato, had submitted the proposals after the office block failed to gather any interest when on the market.

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Plans showed the new café would have been capable of housing 13 tables creating an additional 16 jobs at the site.

 The application also said it would have helped the business recover having taken a financial hit during the coronavirus crisis.

A statement to the city council read: “In light of the success of Inflato in the few months up until March 2020, the owner has decided to apply to change the use of the adjoining building into a larger café to service the facility.

“The existing café suffers from having a small kitchen up on the viewing platform with limited seating. The existing link between the two buildings would make it easy for customers to walk through to the café.

“The proposal would create an additional 16 jobs with young, local applicants being particularly well suited. Hours would be flexible to suit any educational requirements.”

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Ross Mitchell, of Wood Mitchell Printers in Festival Way had opposed the plans. He said: “I am concerned about parking within the planning application.

“Some users of Inflato already feel they have the right to use our car park during the company’s busy times. There are signs at our entrance warning that the parking on our site is private and there is no parking but this is repeatedly ignored.”

The scheme was however withdrawn and the plan mothballed in July.





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