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Domino’s take another turn to open up at former bank

By Joe Wright

The fast food pizza chain, which already has a store in Military Road, is eyeing up a much sought-after Grade II-listed building at the corner of St Dunstan’s Street and Orchard Street.

Domino’s has had its sights set on the dilapidated former NatWest bank since it closed in 2014, but two applications were withdrawn and then a further one refused by councillors, who claimed delivery drivers and customers would cause parking problems and disturbance for neighbours.

A Domino's sign. Credit Domino's Pizza Group Ltd.

A Domino's sign. Credit: Domino's Pizza Group Ltd.

An appeal was later unsuccessful, with the planning inspector agreeing with concerns raised about noise and late-night customer collections.

Domino’s says it has addressed these issues in its latest applications by proposing to use electric mopeds and stop in-store collections after 9pm.

It says the pizza chain will enhance the building’s appearance and ensure the design is in-keeping with the character of the surrounding area.

Warren Wilson, from parcel delivery company Mail Boxes Etc, which is opposite the empty shop, says there is no need for it.

“It wouldn’t be warmly welcomed by the locals,” he said.

“Why does Canterbury need another takeaway? It’s not like there aren’t many here already.

“Having Domino’s here could mean more litter and it would increase traffic, which is unwanted as the road is dodgy as it is.”

The site in St Dunstan's Street in Canterbury

The site in St Dunstan's Street in Canterbury

But Mr Wilson, who has been working in St Dunstan’s for five years, says the building is in need of a makeover.

He added: “Having anything there is better than nothing.

“I do miss having Natwest there as we don’t have any banks down this end of the city.

“At the moment, the building is an eyesore so I’d be happy to see it being put to good use but I just don’t see why it has to be another takeaway.”

Wendy Parker, from Supreme Bake in St Dunstan’s Street, says the small businesses of Canterbury will not be overshadowed by Domino’s if its plans are approved.

“Takeaway companies have tried before and failed to win that building so I’m sure the same is going to happen this time,” she said.

Warren Wislon from Mail Boxes Etc in Canterbury

Warren Wislon from Mail Boxes Etc in Canterbury

“But thanks to our number of loyal regulars, having Domino’s nearby wouldn’t affect us.

“Hopefully the application won’t be granted but if it is then any competition is healthy competition.”

To comment on the plans, visit canterbury.gov.uk before December 1 and search for CA//17/02467.

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