Plans to transform a closed bank into a Domino’s have been given the green light.
The takeaway will open in the former Lloyds building on New Romney High Street, in what was the town’s only bank before it closed just over a year ago.
It is set to welcome customers early next year and new jobs will be created as a result.
Planning permission for the latest branch of the popular pizza chain was granted this month, and developers say it will attract football to the area.
Those behind the application also claim the hot food takeaway will contribute to the “vitality and viability of the frontage by attracting additional trade”.
“The unit is currently vacant and the dead frontage offers nothing to the street scene or local economy,” planning documents add.
Only one comment from a member of the public was submitted over the application.
It read: “The old Lloyds building has character and is of local historical significance. The signage associated with a pizza shop would ruin the look of the building and would not fit with the surrounding area.
“Additionally the High Street is a vey busy road any deliveries to and from a pizza shop would likely interfere with the flow of traffic or block spaces in the public car park to the rear of the premises, which will limit the availability of parking for visitors to the high street, which will have a knock on effect for existing traders.”
Business owners in the town previously claimed large chains do not fit in.
When fast food branch Greggs opened earlier this year, traders said residents may not support the fast food giant because they “like their local shops and cafes”.
A spokesman for Domino’s said: “We’re delighted to be opening a new store in New Romney in early 2024, bringing our fresh, piping hot pizzas to even more loyal customers across Kent.
“We’re also passionate about enhancing our new community with employment opportunities, where people can grow and develop their careers.”
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