New Businesses to Bring Life to West Kingsdown as Plans to Repurpose Empty Co-op Building Approved by Sevenoaks Council

New Businesses to Bring Life to West Kingsdown as Plans to Repurpose Empty Co-op Building Approved by Sevenoaks Council

Residents of West Kingsdown, Kent may soon have access to a new gym, hair salon, and barbers as plans to repurpose the empty Co-op building on Hever Road have been approved by Sevenoaks council’s development management committee.

Despite some concerns about potential noise and parking issues, the committee ultimately decided that the benefits of bringing in new businesses to the area outweighed the potential drawbacks.

The Co-op recently relocated to a new, larger store a few hundred meters down the road, leaving a row of empty shop fronts in its wake. The proposed development would see these vacant units filled with a gym, hair salon, and barbers, bringing new life to the area.

However, some residents and local officials raised concerns about the potential for noise from the gym, as well as parking issues for both customers and larger vehicles like buses. There were also suggestions for an “upmarket” restaurant to be included in the development instead.

Despite these objections, the meeting heard from three residents in support of the plans, who believed that new businesses in the area would help revitalize the neighborhood and contribute to its growth and regeneration.

Ultimately, the committee voted to approve the plans with 11 in favor, two against, and one abstention. The gym will have restrictions in place to keep the doors shut and undergo noise and acoustics surveys. While some concerns were raised about parking and potential noise, the committee ultimately decided that the benefits of bringing new businesses to the area outweighed any potential drawbacks.

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