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Bonjour To Southport!

Sefton Council have granted Planning Permission to Bistrot Pierre for the change of use of the former Russell and Bromley shoe shop, at the corner of Nevill Street and Lord Street, Southport.

The permission is for a change of use of the property to a restaurant, and involves significant investment into the historic fabric of the building. Plans will breathe new life to all three floors, replacing glazing, repairing the listed veranda and introducing pavement seating to the front.

Cllr Daren Veidman, Cabinet Member Planning and Building Control, said: “This is a prominent building and an important site within the town and Lord Street Conservation Area in particular.

“There has been a long and productive dialogue between Sefton Council and architects working for Bistrot Pierre which has resulted in what, we hope will be a high quality investment, breathing long term occupation and new vibrancy into this busy part of town.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, added: “I am delighted that this site has been granted planning permission and I hope that this will result in Bistrot Pierre securing a long-term lease within the town.

“This shows our commitment to delivering upon the Southport Investment Framework, working with the local business community to attract investment and offer value, quality and choice for our residents, businesses and visitors alike.

“Southport and Sefton really are open for business and we will continue working with many different partners in attracting new ventures like this.”