Fish and chip shop gets thumbs up for expansion plans

The Codfather fish and chip shop in Sudbury has been granted permission to expand its business into a neighbouring premises.

Plans put forward by the restaurant and takeaway in King Street, to turn Passion Flower florists into a seating area, were approved by Babergh District Council’s development committee on Wednesday.

It is thought the move will allow the business to cater for an extra 60 customers, while expanding its menu and employing up to eight more staff.

Peter Beer, chairman of the development committee, said he was pleased to see investment in Sudbury.

“The business is expanding as it is successful and is already employing quite a few people,” he said.

“It is good news for the town.”

Mr Beer said the majority of members had voted in favour of the application, with only a few minor reservations.

“There was a bit of debate about the extra smell and litter the shop will create but they are very good at dealing with this at the moment,” he added.

The Codfather opened two years ago and owner Yunus Aslan said recently he was keen to expand the eatery to give customers more space and privacy.

The proposals were given the backing of Sudbury Town Council in December with members citing the employment opportunities the extension would bring.

Kerri-Anne Stone, who has owned Passion Flower for around six years, said although the florist would now have to move, it would not be closing altogether.

She said it was possible the shop could relocate to one of the town’s industrial estates.