A new place to eat could be coming to 11 Holmesdale Road, close to Reigate station.
Last month Reigate & Banstead Borough Council approved a change of use for the ground floor and basement, from A1 (retail) to A3 (restaurant/cafe).
The application paperwork doesn’t say what type of cafe or restaurant is planned.
Reigate.uk contacted Landivar Architects, agent for applicant Mr Jayakumaran, to ask about next steps for the project, but they didn’t yet have information.
In recommending approval, a council officer’s report noted that the site is outside the part of town with rules on minimum retail frontage, and that the shop has been empty for at least four years. The report added:
“Given the long term vacancy of the unit, it is not considered [that] the change from A1 to A3 use would compromise sustainability of the shopping area and would actually likely increase vitality by introducing an active use and associated footfall.”
The report also noted that there are other shops in the immediate vicinity, and that Reigate town centre is nearby with its shops and services.
The council also approved the conversion of the existing flat on the upper floors of the Victorian building into into two separate dwellings. Like the change of use, this was given subject to conditions.