A PARISIAN-trained chef could be opening an Indian restaurant in the heart of Prestwich village.

Sunil Datta is hoping to create a high-quality Indian restaurant in the Longfield Centre, replacing Prestwich Paint and Paper, which shut in January.

In his application Mr Datta said: "We would like to open a high-quality Indian restaurant such as the one I have been running in Paris, France for many years."

Mr Datta's Tandoori Nights in rue Letellier, Paris had a Tripadvisor rating of four stars at the time it closed.

Mr Datta said: "I think that Tandoori Nights will enhance Prestwich Village with a new option in dining."

Paul Campbell, who runs Village Greens Community Co-op is Mr Datta's agent.

Mr Campbell said: "Mr Datta ran Tandoori Nights in Paris and he's lived in France for a long time.

"He's a chef in the great French tradition to which he's added his knowledge of Indian traditions.

"I for one am licking my lips, there's no Indian in Prestwich village.

"It's the one thing missing at the moment from the mix, there's a great Turkish restaurant and really good vegan and small-plate type places opening."

Mr Campbell said Mr Datta had moved to Prestwich with his family and wanted to bring his cuisine with him.

The application, which was submitted to Bury Council in February and a decision has not yet been made.

Mr Datta would need to install a kitchen to the property with ventilation and extraction at the back.

Plans submitted with the prior-approval application show the restaurant with nine tables with room for 29 diners and a small bar area.