Domino’s Pizza can go ahead in Cranbrook but Costa Coffee quits

PIZZA PERMISSION An artist’s impression of how the new restaurant will look

AN APPLICATION to turn a Cranbrook betting shop into a pizza takeaway is progressing, after permission was granted for signage on the listed building in the village’s conservation area.

Domino’s Pizza was granted permission in mid-July to convert the Coral betting shop in the Grade II listed buildings on Cranbrook High Street, but was required to submit details of the proposed signage.

Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Parish Council had recommended the application be refused due to concerns over the proposed illuminated digital screen inside the shop, and to prevent the business from putting up any illuminated signage outside.

“The building is listed and within the heart of the Conservation Area. Any advertising and signage should be in keeping with and enhance the High Street,” said the parish council in its objection.

Permission was granted on September 21 for non-illuminated signs at the front of the shop, while the digital display screen inside will only be illuminated during working hours.

There are changes afoot further down the High Street, with the Costa Coffee closing last weekend (October 1).

A spokesperson for the chain said the branch was a franchise-owned business and that all team members have been offered positions at separate stores the operated by the franchisee.

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