VISITORS to Uttoxeter's new shopping centre could soon be able to eat 'al fresco' after an application to transform a vacant building into a restaurant.
Developer Lingfield, which managed the project to build Carter's Square, has now applied to turn an outbuilding behind Uttoxeter Town Hall into an eatery.
If East Staffordshire Borough Council's planning committee passes Lingfield's application, shoppers will be able to take a break and eat lunch outside.
The building, whose site, including an outdoor seating area, spans 225 metres squared, was last used as a tourist information centre but has been unused for several years.
Developers also plan to use the top floor of the two-story building as a rooftop outdoor eating area.
A statement from Lingfield outlines how ease of access will be key in establishing the new restaurant.
It reads: "The vacant and somewhat run down appearance of the unit detracts from the character of the area and its vitality.
"Its re-use as a restaurant, as proposed, will enhance the character and the setting of the town hall and surrounding conservation area.
"The proposed physical alterations respect and reflect the character of the unit and the area and the proposed restaurant use will enhance the character of the busy and vital town centre.
"Pedestrian movement is a key aspect of the area. This is to be reinforced with al fresco dining zones to the front of the unit and also utilising the feature roof terrace.
"This is especially important to encourage a practical design solution and function to a restrictive infill site."