A pop up pizza and music venue in Peel which proved popular in December despite the bitter cold could become a permanent fixture in Sunset City.

The Black Dog Oven has applied (application number 21/00472/B) to create a permanent ‘secret garden’ type wood fired eatery at the Old Water Board Depot, East Quay, Peel.

In their application, Black Dog Oven, owned by Josie and Mike Wade, points to the success of their trial run in December as the evidence for support from the public for their business plan. If approved by planners, the venue also serve coffee-shop/bar choices and host live music on certain nights.

Their application said: ‘This model was trialled with an event at this site during December 2020 called The Dog’s Nollick which incorporated wood-fired pizza, alcohol by Foraging Vintners and live music until 11pm. There were no complaints about smoke, noise or antisocial behaviour from nearby residents/businesses, and in fact a post event report showed some businesses saw a tangible improvement in local trade on the days that the event took place.’

Black Dog’s application says that for the first 12 months, if approval is granted, it would open for two days a week from 12pm to 11pm but it would seek to expand into a full time business by spring 2022, with live music on weekends.

If approved, Black Dog would seek to replace an existing wooden double door and single-glazed window with double glazed door and full height windows. The company would also seek to build a ‘semi-permanent wooden pergola style construction adjacent to the main building to create an indoor/outdoor eating area’, this would be covered by corrugated plastic. 

From an exterior point of view, aside from the replacement door and window, the only other change would be a sign painted directly onto the existing wall.

In its support documents the company said it intends to use locally sourced materials and ingredients for its food and drinks and it hopes to be able to create three full time jobs after its first year.

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