A NEW takeaway in Oswestry is looking to get a ‘pizza’ the action and move into Subway’s old home at The Cross.

An application was submitted in late January for the change of use from hot and cold oven baked goods to a takeaway, specifically Caprinos Pizza at 2-4 The Cross.

A second application to build and display externally illuminated fascia signage has also been submitted.


A design and access statement for the plans, set out that as the shop was previously for a hot and cold baked goods, the change of use is to make it predominantly takeaway and not sit in.

It said: “The client (Caprinos Pizza) seeks to obtain planning permission for the above site where they are currently seeking to operate a small food business which will both hot and cold oven baked foods, operating under the A5/A3 use class.

“The site has previously been operated by the Subway franchise chain who has recently vacated the premises.

“In terms of food types and extraction system requirements etc, these will remain as per existing due to all food being oven baked as per what Subway was previously operating under.

“Therefore given the proposed operations the same extraction ducting will be utilised."

Caprino's already has takeaways all over the country, with the next closest being in Wrexham and Shrewsbury.

The statement added: “The formal change of use is being sought due to majority of the trade being for takeaway and installation of new business signage as per submitted details.

“As per the recent amendment to the Town & Country Planning use class order elements of this proposal would benefit from both A1 and A3 use but as the use is sought to be mixed/varied a formal application to the sui generis is required.

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“Unlike your conventional fast food outlets the proposed oven baked foods will limit the amount of odour and grease generated as preparation of fried foods will not be needed.

“As the current city (sic) centre is seeing a decline in new businesses occupying commercial units the proposed use will therefore reutilise another vacant premises and promote investment into Oswestry in accordance with Shropshire Core Strategy Policies and the Policies within the adopted SAMDev Plan.”

Consultation on the plans closes on Wednesday, February 21 – to view and/or comment on the proposal, search 24/00263/FUL at Shropshire Council’s planning portal.