A bar and restaurant planned for Brentwood town centre could stay open as late as 1am.

The venue is being planned for 35 High Street – where travel agents Thomas Cook once stood before the building was demolished as part of a development of new shops and flats.

The applicant, Adriano Dulgher, wants permission from Brentwood Borough Council to open between 10am and midnight Sunday to Thursday and 10am to 1am Fridays and Saturdays. Floor plans show four banks of tables and benches with a bar area.

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A large development is currently in progress after permission was granted in 2018 for the demolition of 35 and 37 and the part demolition, part retention of 33 High Street.

In their place will be a three and four-storey building comprising five ground-floor retail units and 14 homes above.

A separate five-storey building to the rear of the site comprising ground-floor retail shops and four two-bed flats looking out onto William Hunter Way is also being built.

A planning application to designate any premises as a restaurant in the block would be required before it could operate.

Permission for the new build came after the initial planning application for this site was rejected by the planning committee in March 2018 on the grounds that that development would have an unacceptable, detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the Brentwood High Street Conservation Area.