A RETROSPECTIVE planning application has been submitted for the new restaurant and bar adjoining the new town centre library - almost four months after it opened.

Falco Lounge was built alongside the Library @ the Lightbox, opening at the end of May ahead of the opening of the library.

Falco Lounge was built with planning permission for ‘ancillary café associated with the new library’ but the new application seeks to formally change that to a separated restaurant/café, formally recognised as ‘A3’ use - which allows for the sale of food and drink for consumption on the premises.

However the council said the application seeks to formalise existing ‘ancillary uses’, meaning that Lounges does already have planning permission for its current use, with the A3 consent being ‘a formality’.