Yet an­other restau­rant to fill space left by Cur­rys

‘This area is al­ready sat­u­rated with food and drink out­lets, what is needed are more re­tail out­lets’

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - All Change For City Centre Shops -

The for­mer Cur­rys elec­tri­cal store in Can­ter­bury is set to be­come a restau­rant.

The Long­mar­ket premises will be di­vided into two shops – with one of them be­com­ing an eatery –if plan­ning per­mis­sion is granted by the council.

The site has been empty since early last year but the restau­rant plans have at­tracted some op­po­si­tion from res­i­dents.

CBRE Plan­ning, which has tabled the plans, says it is open to keep­ing a re­tail unit as part of the sub­di­vid­ing process in or­der to “drive more foot­fall to Bur­gate”.

Ac­cord­ing to Can­ter­bury City Council’s plan­ning and re­gen­er­a­tion depart­ment, the split­ting of the site could tempt smaller re­tail­ers to the area due to the re­duced rent on a smaller shop.

A re­port states: “The ap­pli­cant’s mar­ket­ing re­port did re­fer to re­tail in­quiries which had stated that the build­ing in its cur­rent form was too large and there­fore too ex­pen­sive.

“This sug­gests that a smaller unit in this lo­ca­tion may be more at­trac­tive to their re­quire­ments. In our view a sub­di­vided prop- erty is more likely to ap­peal to smaller re­tail­ers.” The restau­rant would be reached via the old Curry’s en­trance on the cor­ner of Long­mar­ket and Bur­gate, with a new shop en­trance be­ing cre­ated in Long­mar­ket.

The ap­pli­cants have not yet stated what kind of food will be served but res­i­dents have lodged com­plaints over the pro­pos­als. The ma­jor­ity fo­cus on the po­ten­tial rise of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and the im­pact of in­creased night time trade.

Efrosyi Bout­sikas, who lives above the af­fected area, said: “This area is al­ready sat­u­rated with food and drink out­lets, what is needed are more re­tail out­lets. The ad­verse ef­fects to res­i­den­tial amenity from in­creased late-night noise, makes this an un­suit­able premises for this kind of ven­ture.”

The plan­ning state­ment makes clear there will be no out­side seat­ing and steps will be taken to keep dis­tur­bances to a min­i­mum.

The plan says: “Whist the pro­posed restau­rant use will re­sult in some in­crease in evening ac­tiv­ity, we do not think this will be sig­nif­i­cant enough to have an ad­verse im­pact on res­i­den­tial amenity.

“The restau­rant ten­ants have not yet been con­firmed and, there­fore, de­tails of ven­ti­la­tion and ex­trac­tion equip­ment, stor­age and waste, and ser­vic­ing and delivery ar­range­ments have not been fi­nalised.”

Cur­rys is set to be­come a restau­rant

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