Pie-eyed about new business plan in city

Food review at Pie-Eyed pop up cafe at Co-Working on Union Street.
Food review at Pie-Eyed pop up cafe at Co-Working on Union Street.

Planning applications see plenty of pie in the sky ideas but this one really is.

A pie company is cooking up a plan to turn a photography business into a pie shop.

Pie-Eyed, which is based near Rotherham, has submitted plans to Leeds City Council seeking permission for a change of use at the premises, which were occupied by a family business, Dorchester and Ledbetter, for more than 50 years, on North Street on the outskirts of Leeds city centre.

It is in the same parade as Reliance and BrewDog and will add to the food and drink scene in the student heart of the city.

Planning agent, Andrew Rollinson explains more: “They use local suppliers for the meat, vegetable and dairy products used in their pies, which are baked in small batches to ensure their quality.

“Packaging is kept to a minimum and is fully recyclable.

“It is proposed to utilise the lower ground floor area for the preparation and baking of the pie products with the ground floor area being used as the ‘front of house’ café area. The lower ground floor area would also accommodate office and storage space.”

The shop would be open for business 12pm-9pm Wednesday to Sunday, with food preparation between 8am and 5pm Tuesday to Friday.

Mr Rollinson, who is based in Ilkley, added: “This is an uncontentious proposal and we would hope that planning permission will be forthcoming.

“This section of North Street is characterised by a mix of retail and existing restaurant/café uses and the proposed change of use is considered an appropriate one.”