A town centre restaurant has tabled plans for alterations to its property which will allow it to extend into a vacant shop unit next door.
Med-One wants permission to widen an existing staircase from the ground floor to the first floor and install an additional staircase from the mezzanine level to the first floor at its premises at 10-12 Westgate.
The changes would provide access to the disused restaurant on the first floor of 14-18 Westgate – previously used by now defunct retailer The Cook & Bakeware Co.
The proposals need listed building consent from Kirklees planners. Both units are part of the Grade II-listed Victorian Byram Arcade.
A statement from Med-One’s architects, Farrar Bamforth Associates Ltd, said: “Unit 10-12 is currently used by Med-One as a Lebanese restaurant with dining and kitchen facilities at ground floor and additional restaurant seating at mezzanine level.
“Currently, there is no access to first floor level, but the first floor area was also a restaurant for The Cook & Bakeware Co, which unfortunately went into administration in October 2012.
“Med-One is a very popular restaurant and is looking to expand. Therefore, the redundant restaurant at first floor level would be ideal as it wouldn’t need any alterations to the first floor area other than a staircase to gain access.”
The public consultation period runs until the end of this month.