Ipswich Pret: Council Struggles To Justify Grimwades Addition

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  1. dan5

    dan5Founder MemberStaff Member

    I am sure there are various idioms for this situation. Here are just a few:-
    • make a rod for your own back (do something likely to cause difficulties for oneself later)
    • you've made your bed, now lie in it (something that you say in order to tell someone that they must accept that they will suffer as a result of something bad that they have done)
    • shot yourself in the foot (to say or do something stupid that causes you trouble)
    So you have heard that Ipswich is getting a Pret - and that it will be located at the Grimwades building shared with a new bank (believed to be Metro)? Well, that might not be the case...

    Everyone (almost) that didn't want a Next there, wanted a restaurant or cafe to bring life to the Cornhill after being told the boring English town square should become a piazza or plaza (same thing, different language) including al fresco dining... the council then did the honourable thing and decided no, it shouldn't become a restaurant and must stay as a shop. It refused the application.

    It is believed an planning application is required before Grimwades can become a bank and an slightly upmarket Greggs. Some Prets do what Greggs and various other companies do, and perfectly work out their floor space so the majority is A1 retail - despite acting in part as a restaurant (A3) and a hot food takeaway (A5) - it is a loophole so they don't need a change of use which would likely get refused.

    [IP/16/00738/FUL] Change of use from A1 (retail) to A3 (restaurant) at 2 - 6 Cornhill for Applicant Mr David Revill through Agent Victoria Poole.

    This application was received exactly a year ago.

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    dan5Founder MemberStaff Member

    The refusal notice reads...

    Lets go through the A (retail) planning classes...

    A1 Shops - Shops, retail warehouses, hairdressers, undertakers, travel and ticket agencies, post offices, pet shops, sandwich bars, showrooms, domestic hire shops, dry cleaners, funeral directors and internet cafes.
    A2 Financial and professional services - Financial services such as banks and building societies, professional services (other than health and medical services) and including estate and employment agencies. It does not include betting offices or pay day loan shops - these are now classed as “sui generis” uses (see below).
    A3 Restaurants and cafes - For the sale of food and drink for consumption on the premises - restaurants, snack bars and cafes.
    A4 Drinking establishments - Public houses, wine bars or other drinking establishments (but not night clubs).
    A5 Hot food takeaways - For the sale of hot food for consumption off the premises.

    The Borough Council's Development Management policies... DM20 as of 2015 states the following:-

    I cannot be sure if this is correct. Not sure if it is up to date either.

    The bank will need to be A2 class (not A1) and Pret if large enough will need A3 consent (not A1).

    Therefore, it is highly probable - no matter how much the councillors want this brand in the town - that they will be unable to have the Metro bank and Pret at this location. Both due to the percentage per frontage policy and the overall percentage of the street/area. A building society (A2 class) in Tavern Street got refused consent for this reason not too long ago.

    Time for Ipswich Borough Council councillors to bite the bullet, stick their political careers on the line and face the music? If they put an application through that contradicts their policy (including one recently they used to refuse an application) councillors could be under investigation for bribery or face misconduct in public office offences. It is also anti-competitive to refuse an application and then to approve a later one because of favouritism over the brand. Ironically enough, it was probably Pret as the initial tenant just last year...

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