PLANNING has been approved for an overhaul of the exterior of a popular Herefordshire takeaway.

James Hinton, from Leominster applied to Herefordshire Council to overhaul the shop frontage at Yoko's Thai Food, in West Street, Leominster, to be more in keeping with its traditional surroundings.

The shop based at 26, West Street, is grade II listed and is within the Leominster Conservation Area.

Before Yoko's the shop was home to the Good Grace Cafe.


The proposal is for the removal of the existing shopfront and its replacement with a traditional shopfront.

The proposed shop front is more traditional with symmetry around the central doorway and the large shop windows divided up into smaller sections.

The application said that the existing shop front is entirely of modern construction and of no historical significance.


It said the new shopfront would be in context with the buildings surrounding it and in keeping with the look of the street.

The original plans included the use of double glazing and the use of Acoya wood in the frames.

Double glazing was considered unacceptable due to the listed nature of the shop, and Acoya was asked to be changed due to not being a native species of wood.

The report stated that permission had been granted following these alterations to the plans.

It said that the works would likely lead to the enhancement of the appearance and vitality of the building, while not causing any significant harm to its character.

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