The machine bakes pizza in just three minutes.
The arrival of the very first pizza vending machine in Scotland back in November last year had to be one of the highlights of 2020 by bringing us freshly baked pizza in a matter of minutes- three to be exact. However, The Pizza Machine, located on at the junction on Blackfriars Street and High Street, could face removal after council planners decided it should never have been installed.
The pizza vending machine can hold 96 fresh pizzas that are stored in a chiller and the pizzas are supplied by Inn on the Green, a restaurant on Milton of Campsie’s Crow Road. The Pizza Machine has become a popular place for those craving pizza at whatever time and has become a viral sensation since it opened.
The owners had applied for retrospective planning permission from the council, however Glasgow City Council’s planning committee recently announced their verdict, which was not to grant permission. It was installed by Kristofer Maguire, the majority shareholder along with his brother Raymond and dad Kevin – who also own the Metropolitan Bar in the Merchant City, who plan to appeal the council’s decision.
According to the decision document, planners have refused permission on the grounds that its location would “result in an increase in noise, activity and cooking fumes and would unacceptably impact on the residential amenity of neighbouring properties.”
In addition, they also said that the takeaway “exceeds the 20% limit on the number of units in use as a hot food shop, pub or hot food shop in the street block frontage”. Plus, the planning committee said that “inadequate information had been provided about the specification and maintenance of the ventilation system” and that the proposed method was not an externally mounted high-level flue as required by planning guidance.
[Featured Image: The Pizza Machine]