Northampton tattoo parlour applies to council for 'themed cafe'

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A Northampton tattoo parlour has applied to a council to run a ‘themed cafe’ for its customers on the ground floor of its premises.

The Fat Fugu Tattoo Collective has submitted a change of use planning application to Northampton Borough Council to turn its ground floor and reception into an area where it can serve food and drink to its customers.

The parlour, based in Fish Street, moved to the first floor of the premises earlier in the year after the space became available. The parlour says it offers ‘more privacy and better facilities’ having previously been run from the ground floor.

With the ground floor then unused Adem Senturk - one of the resident artists at Fat Fugu - has applied for a change of use for the area. The council received the application on August 13.

In planning papers, the parlour’s agents wrote: “There is a loyal customer base who visit the studio purely for social reasons to meet other people interested in tattoos.

“The small reception of the studio is that meeting place and the applicant would like to extend the facilities available to these customers by opening the rear of the reception area that was previously occupied by the tattoo studio into a café.

“In that way, the café could be best described as a ‘themed café’ aimed at Fat Fugu’s existing clientele.”

Neighbours and surrounding businesses have been consulted on the change, and have until September 8 to comment on the proposals.