Domino’s takeaway approved for Dorset town

Domino's has been approved for a site in Gillingham
Domino's has been approved for a site in Gillingham

A PIZZA company has been given consent to use part of a former north Dorset bank as a takeaway.

Dorset Council has approved the change of use for the former TSB offices at Sydenham House in the High Street at Gillingham.

The planning application asked for a change to part of the ground floor to a hot food takeaway, with alterations to the shopfront and the installation of ventilation and air extraction equipment.

The building, which is on the corner of the High Street and School Lane, was used by the TSB until it closed in June 2022 as part of a nation-wide reorganisation of the business. It had previously been a Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society branch.

Papers with the application said that the building is intended for a branch of Domino’s which will operate from 11am to 11pm daily, creating a small number of full and part-time jobs.

Servicing for the new outlet will be from the rear of the site which has a car park for five vehicles.

The only comment on the application came from Gillingham Town Council which welcomed the proposal saying it would make good use of an empty High Street building, resulting in an increase in footfall which will benefit the local economy.

The upper floors of the building are currently vacant offices although there is a planning approval in place to convert them to flats.