Estate agent warns town centre could become rundown

Estate agent warns town centre could become rundown

Estate agent warns town centre could become rundown

First published in News

An estate agent has warned part of Witham’s town centre could become “rundown” if they are not allowed to open an office there.

CM Rent has applied for permission to open a new office at 40 Newland Street, Witham.

The unit was formerly home to Picturesque Kodak Express, which stopped trading in October.

Family-run CM Rent, which was founded in 2003, currently has offices in Braintree, Chelmsford and Billericay.

Its owners, Michael and Susannah Saville, have warned Braintree Council that rejecting their change of use proposal for the site could cause parts of the town centre to become “rundown”.

It currently manages properties in Witham from its office in Century Drive, Braintree, but wants a dedicated presence in the town.

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9:09am Wed 15 Jan 14

er...i'll stop you there says...

groan....another estate agent
groan....another estate agent er...i'll stop you there
  • Score: 7

9:33am Wed 15 Jan 14

dee2711 says...

This town is going to be overrun with Estate agents at this rate.
We have too manyof them, as well as pubs, eateries, bookies and charity shops.

This town will be rundown if we don't open more shops.
Clothes, toys, etc, do we even remember what Witham was like before.

I, for one, am sick of having to spend money elsewhere. Having to travel out of my own town to get basic items that should be available here.

Witham Town council and BDC need to get their backsides in gear and allow what we NEED in this town. Not allow more of the same old businesses again and again..............
This town is going to be overrun with Estate agents at this rate. We have too manyof them, as well as pubs, eateries, bookies and charity shops. This town will be rundown if we don't open more shops. Clothes, toys, etc, do we even remember what Witham was like before. I, for one, am sick of having to spend money elsewhere. Having to travel out of my own town to get basic items that should be available here. Witham Town council and BDC need to get their backsides in gear and allow what we NEED in this town. Not allow more of the same old businesses again and again.............. dee2711
  • Score: 8

9:46am Wed 15 Jan 14

The Stinker Returns says...

Could become rundown? It already is.
Could become rundown? It already is. The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 7

10:13am Wed 15 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

Why cant they have a change of use? Seems sensible to me.
Why cant they have a change of use? Seems sensible to me. Jack222
  • Score: 5

10:22am Wed 15 Jan 14

keith_l says...

dee2711 wrote:
This town is going to be overrun with Estate agents at this rate.
We have too manyof them, as well as pubs, eateries, bookies and charity shops.

This town will be rundown if we don't open more shops.
Clothes, toys, etc, do we even remember what Witham was like before.

I, for one, am sick of having to spend money elsewhere. Having to travel out of my own town to get basic items that should be available here.

Witham Town council and BDC need to get their backsides in gear and allow what we NEED in this town. Not allow more of the same old businesses again and again..............
And too many nail bars ...
[quote][p][bold]dee2711[/bold] wrote: This town is going to be overrun with Estate agents at this rate. We have too manyof them, as well as pubs, eateries, bookies and charity shops. This town will be rundown if we don't open more shops. Clothes, toys, etc, do we even remember what Witham was like before. I, for one, am sick of having to spend money elsewhere. Having to travel out of my own town to get basic items that should be available here. Witham Town council and BDC need to get their backsides in gear and allow what we NEED in this town. Not allow more of the same old businesses again and again..............[/p][/quote]And too many nail bars ... keith_l
  • Score: 2

11:18am Wed 15 Jan 14

The Stinker Returns says...

Hooray for Prezzo - tried it and loved it.
Hooray for Prezzo - tried it and loved it. The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 6

3:41pm Wed 15 Jan 14

cmRENT & SALES says...

There are lots of empty shop units in the town. But the current BDC planning policy (written in 2005) says that end of town should stay as retail shops with A1 class use. An Estate Agents comes under A2 use and so we need to convince the council to alter their policy within our application.

As there are 5 empty shops within eyesight of this one, isn't it sensible to change the policy of only allowing A1 retail shops and allow our growing business to occupy that empty shop? It will mean the property gets a facelift and the landlord's rent gets paid, we will pay the council rates and we will help the housing economy rise by offering cheaper fees than other Witham agents currently do. More competition means the consumer pays less.

Good quality businesses will encourage other good quality businesses into the town. Empty, run-down shops will not.

Why would anyone want to deny the public of that?
There are lots of empty shop units in the town. But the current BDC planning policy (written in 2005) says that end of town should stay as retail shops with A1 class use. An Estate Agents comes under A2 use and so we need to convince the council to alter their policy within our application. As there are 5 empty shops within eyesight of this one, isn't it sensible to change the policy of only allowing A1 retail shops and allow our growing business to occupy that empty shop? It will mean the property gets a facelift and the landlord's rent gets paid, we will pay the council rates and we will help the housing economy rise by offering cheaper fees than other Witham agents currently do. More competition means the consumer pays less. Good quality businesses will encourage other good quality businesses into the town. Empty, run-down shops will not. Why would anyone want to deny the public of that? cmRENT & SALES
  • Score: 6

8:47pm Wed 15 Jan 14

/@|_|@\ says...

cmRENT & SALES wrote:
There are lots of empty shop units in the town. But the current BDC planning policy (written in 2005) says that end of town should stay as retail shops with A1 class use. An Estate Agents comes under A2 use and so we need to convince the council to alter their policy within our application.

As there are 5 empty shops within eyesight of this one, isn't it sensible to change the policy of only allowing A1 retail shops and allow our growing business to occupy that empty shop? It will mean the property gets a facelift and the landlord's rent gets paid, we will pay the council rates and we will help the housing economy rise by offering cheaper fees than other Witham agents currently do. More competition means the consumer pays less.

Good quality businesses will encourage other good quality businesses into the town. Empty, run-down shops will not.

Why would anyone want to deny the public of that?
^^ Wow - what a concept you embody there, guys! Well done - now if only the rest of the community (and BDC of course) would realise the absolute sense and logic of what you argue. Sadly the local council (like any government bureaucracy) is bloody useless when it comes to market forces and basic economic theory at the consumer level.
[quote][p][bold]cmRENT & SALES[/bold] wrote: There are lots of empty shop units in the town. But the current BDC planning policy (written in 2005) says that end of town should stay as retail shops with A1 class use. An Estate Agents comes under A2 use and so we need to convince the council to alter their policy within our application. As there are 5 empty shops within eyesight of this one, isn't it sensible to change the policy of only allowing A1 retail shops and allow our growing business to occupy that empty shop? It will mean the property gets a facelift and the landlord's rent gets paid, we will pay the council rates and we will help the housing economy rise by offering cheaper fees than other Witham agents currently do. More competition means the consumer pays less. Good quality businesses will encourage other good quality businesses into the town. Empty, run-down shops will not. Why would anyone want to deny the public of that?[/p][/quote]^^ Wow - what a concept you embody there, guys! Well done - now if only the rest of the community (and BDC of course) would realise the absolute sense and logic of what you argue. Sadly the local council (like any government bureaucracy) is bloody useless when it comes to market forces and basic economic theory at the consumer level. /@|_|@\
  • Score: 2

10:07am Thu 16 Jan 14

keith_l says...

cmRENT & SALES wrote:
There are lots of empty shop units in the town. But the current BDC planning policy (written in 2005) says that end of town should stay as retail shops with A1 class use. An Estate Agents comes under A2 use and so we need to convince the council to alter their policy within our application.

As there are 5 empty shops within eyesight of this one, isn't it sensible to change the policy of only allowing A1 retail shops and allow our growing business to occupy that empty shop? It will mean the property gets a facelift and the landlord's rent gets paid, we will pay the council rates and we will help the housing economy rise by offering cheaper fees than other Witham agents currently do. More competition means the consumer pays less.

Good quality businesses will encourage other good quality businesses into the town. Empty, run-down shops will not.

Why would anyone want to deny the public of that?
Did Witham Town Council support your application? Often Braintree go along with the Town Council's recommendation.

Are you going to appeal? Planning inspectors aren't held back by local politics.
[quote][p][bold]cmRENT & SALES[/bold] wrote: There are lots of empty shop units in the town. But the current BDC planning policy (written in 2005) says that end of town should stay as retail shops with A1 class use. An Estate Agents comes under A2 use and so we need to convince the council to alter their policy within our application. As there are 5 empty shops within eyesight of this one, isn't it sensible to change the policy of only allowing A1 retail shops and allow our growing business to occupy that empty shop? It will mean the property gets a facelift and the landlord's rent gets paid, we will pay the council rates and we will help the housing economy rise by offering cheaper fees than other Witham agents currently do. More competition means the consumer pays less. Good quality businesses will encourage other good quality businesses into the town. Empty, run-down shops will not. Why would anyone want to deny the public of that?[/p][/quote]Did Witham Town Council support your application? Often Braintree go along with the Town Council's recommendation. Are you going to appeal? Planning inspectors aren't held back by local politics. keith_l
  • Score: 2

10:20am Thu 16 Jan 14

keith_l says...

I've just looked at the planning application on Braintree.gov.uk. The application hasn't been decided yet, so why the need to hit the local press?
I've just looked at the planning application on Braintree.gov.uk. The application hasn't been decided yet, so why the need to hit the local press? keith_l
  • Score: 2

11:28am Thu 16 Jan 14

keith_l says...

keith_l wrote:
I've just looked at the planning application on Braintree.gov.uk. The application hasn't been decided yet, so why the need to hit the local press?
I have submitted a supportive comment on the planning portal - perhaps other readers can do the same?
[quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: I've just looked at the planning application on Braintree.gov.uk. The application hasn't been decided yet, so why the need to hit the local press?[/p][/quote]I have submitted a supportive comment on the planning portal - perhaps other readers can do the same? keith_l
  • Score: 4

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