Dorking’s branch of Domino’s is going to be demolished

January 12, 2018

The Dorking branch of Domino’s pizza is set to be lost after members of Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) voted unanimously in favour of demolishing it on Wednesday evening (January 10).

The building which currently houses the takeaway, at 290-294 Dorking High Street, will now be bulldozed to make way for a retail unit and seven one or two-bedroom flats.

Chalford Property Company Limited, who submitted the original application, said one of the major reasons for applying to redevelop the site is to improve access to the unit’s car park.

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While the existing pizza outlet will be lost, it is possible that, depending on an agreement being reached between the two parties, Domino’s could occupy the newly created retail unit once the development is finished.

The chain currently holds a multi-year lease on the site, which was built during the Victorian era, so the developer will now have to contact Domino’s to discuss what happens next.

James Hickman, who submitted the planning application on behalf of Chalford Property Company Ltd, wrote: “The designs we have submitted would improve what is currently very tight access.

“It would introduce a one-way system to the site which I think would aid drivers using the traffic lights there.”

Dominos in Dorking might be forced to vacate if the application is approved
(Image: Google)

He added: “In the application we make it clear that we are open to all kinds of retail units, including a hot fast food store, so I am certainly not ruling out that Domino’s could remain.”

Debating the plans at Wednesday’s meeting, Margaret Cooksey, councillor for Dorking South, admitted that she was “very concerned” about parking problems arising from the development.

There are currently 38 parking spaces at the rear of the takeaway, but 15 of these will be lost once the new unit is built.

This is in addition to a loss of parking bays on land to the rear of 272-294 Dorking High Street, where flats are being built after planning permission was granted in 2016.

The application says there will be seven new flats on top of a retail or food outlet
(Image: Clive Chapman Architects)

Cllr Cooksey said: “I am obviously very concerned about what businesses and residents will do about parking.

“I just have to hope it pans out.

“That said, I am pleased that we have still got a unit on the high street with these plans.”

Responding to Cllr Cooksey’s concerns, planning officer Gemma Fitzpatrick explained that Dorking Baptist Chapel would offer up eight of its parking spaces for those using the new retail unit.

She added that of the existing 38 spaces, between five and ten are typically vacant at any given time.

Responding to Ms Fitzpatrick, Cllr Cooksey added: “Though I have still got concerns about parking I think [the application] is probably as good as it could be.”

The fifteen councillors of the planning committee present then voted unanimously in favour of the plans.

The developers have not yet been able to say when work to demolish the site will begin.

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