New estate agent will boost town centre, planners say

Braintree and Witham Times: New estate agent will boost town centre, planners say New estate agent will boost town centre, planners say

Allowing an estate agent to open a new branch in an empty shop unit will help boost town centre footfall, planners believe.

CM Rent has applied for a change of use for the former Picturesque Kodak Express shop at 40 Newland Street, Witham.

Officers have recommended Braintree Council’s planning committee approves the application at a meeting on Tuesday.

Opponents to the proposal had argued the change of use was not necessary because two units opposite the shop in Newland Street were also available.

But Braintree Council development manager Tessa Lambert said: “The proposal site has also been vacant for about five months.

“Enabling the use proposed would have a positive effect on town centre footfall, the appearance of the area and on the economy generally.”

Planning officers said objection comments relating to competition and the amount of estate agents in the town centre were not relevant to the application.

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

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12:14pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Bhudeeka says...

how about a shoe shop? more than enough estate agents already and we don't want more bett shops
how about a shoe shop? more than enough estate agents already and we don't want more bett shops Bhudeeka
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9:06pm Mon 31 Mar 14

keith_l says...

Bhudeeka wrote:
how about a shoe shop? more than enough estate agents already and we don't want more bett shops
There are plenty of vacant shops in Witham. If somebody believes that they can make money then they can lease a shop unit, buy stock, pay staff, and then watch everybody go past on the way to Freeport.

An independent firm of lettings agents believes that by taking over this unit they can run a successful business. I say that one less empty unit is a good thing.

Good luck to them.
[quote][p][bold]Bhudeeka[/bold] wrote: how about a shoe shop? more than enough estate agents already and we don't want more bett shops[/p][/quote]There are plenty of vacant shops in Witham. If somebody believes that they can make money then they can lease a shop unit, buy stock, pay staff, and then watch everybody go past on the way to Freeport. An independent firm of lettings agents believes that by taking over this unit they can run a successful business. I say that one less empty unit is a good thing. Good luck to them. keith_l
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