Vacant unit to become community centre

Thursday, 9 March, 2017

A vacant unit in Dovercourt High Street is set to become a community centre and one stop shop.

Sharon Alexander of Community Voluntary Services Tendring (CVST) submitted an application for the site which was formerly a second hand furniture store.

The aim is to provide training, counselling, information, guidance, group sessions, volunteering opportunities and pathways to employment.

It will create a facility to enhance the co-ordination of voluntary organisations in the Harwich area.

Tendring District Council (TDC) has approved the proposal which represents a change of use for the site.

The unit, which was also previously an estate agent and still has office areas internally, is part of the primary shopping frontage and is within the town centre where non-retail uses will not normally be permitted at ground floor level.

The shop front will be retained and will not appear out of place and the use will attract many visitors and people wanting the services being offered.

The opening hours put forward are Monday to Friday 8.30am to 9.30pm and 8.30am to 1.30pm on Saturdays. There will be no Sunday or bank holiday opening.

A TDC spokesman said: "Having regard to the benefits of the proposed use and in the absence of any material harm it is felt to be acceptable to grant planning permission for this worthwhile scheme."

There was no objection from Harwich Town Council to the application.

TDC received five letters of support pointing out the importance of the services being provided for the community as well as two letters of objection from the closest neighbouring property.

Last updated on: 09/03/2017 - 13:41