Southwold launderette plans opposed by town councillors

Plans that could see a former launderette in Southwold turned into a shop have been opposed by the town councillors amid fears it will lead to the loss of an important amenity.

Property developer Gentian has submitted proposals to Waveney District Council to redevelop and extend 72 High Street, as well seeking a 'change of use' so it can be used as a shop.

But Southwold Town Council is opposing the plans, saying there is a lack of parking, and that the proposed work would constitute 'over development' and lead to the loss of an important local amenity.

It comes as rumours continue to circulate in the town that the application may be linked to the premises next door at 70, High Street where Costa Coffee is set to open a new caf�.

Guy Mitchell, chairman of the Southwold and District Chamber of Trade, said: 'We are very sorry to have lost the launderette, which has been a valuable asset to the town.

'We want to see what it will become, but we do have concerns that it is linked to the Costa Coffee application at 70 High Street because there is a hole between the two buildings.'

Gentian – which carried out the planning development work for the new Costa Coffee caf� – is seeking permission for a single- storey rear extension, reconstruction of an existing first floor rear extension, a rear dormer, creation of a new residential unit, level access to front entrance and change of use from launderette to retail.

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Waveney's development control committee will have the final say on the plans.

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