Peckers, a chicken restaurant and takeaway in Hitchin, has submitted a planning application for a unit in Stevenage.

Mr Sanjay Chandarana - co-owner of Peckers - submitted plans for the former Unit 3, Kenilworth Close, last month (December 2023).

If accepted, the application would see the unit's usage changed from "Class E" (shops) to "Sui Generis" (hot food takeaway).

The Comet: The proposed layout of Peckers, Stevenage.The proposed layout of Peckers, Stevenage. (Image: Peckers / Stevenage Borough Council)

A proposed layout of the restaurant has been included in the plans. This features tables, chairs, a kitchen and office space.

A comment from Stevenage Borough Council's environment health officers said: "Mechanical ventilation equipment from the kitchen area must be so positioned and designed so as not to affect the amenity of residents as a result of fume or odorous discharge.

The Comet: Peckers would be located at the former Unit 3, Kenilworth Close, Stevenage.Peckers would be located at the former Unit 3, Kenilworth Close, Stevenage. (Image: Google Maps)

"As such the external ducting shall discharge the cooking fumes at least one meter above the roof ridge of the building housing the extraction equipment.  


"Reason: To ensure local neighbours do not suffer a loss of amenity by reason of odour nuisance."

The plans can be viewed by using reference 23/00914/FP on the Stevenage Borough Council planning portal.

No public comments or objections have yet been made.