Plans for new dental surgery in Medway near Chatham's Dockside Outlet Centre

An external view of the Compass Centre at Chatham Maritime
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A new dental surgery could be on the cards for Medway if proposed plans are successful. An application has been submitted to Medway Council seeking approval for a lawful development certificate to turn a vacant office unit in Chatham into a new surgery.

The unit sits within the Compass Centre at Chatham Maritime, found east of Maritime Way, near Chatham Historic Dockyard and the Dockside Outlet Shopping Centre. It neighbours industrial units and spaces used by Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Greenwich.

Spanning two floors, the dental surgery would be spread across both the ground floor and first floor of the unit. The centre itself is in an ideal central location, sitting just off the A289 Pier Road, less than three miles away from the main Chatham town centre, with multiple bus routes running through the area.

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Construction of the Compass Centre was finished in 1989 and Unit C, the proposed site, was let as an office that same year. It remained in use as an office until October 2023, when the previous tenant left the site.

Now, the application prepared by Graham Simpkin Planning on behalf of The Mackintosh Foundation, aims to confirm that the office can be transformed into a dental surgery without the requirement of planning permission. This is due to the fact that an office and a dental surgery both fall under the 'Use Class E' bracket, meaning a material change of use would not be taking place.

The application concludes: “The LPA (Local Planning Authority) is therefore encouraged to agree and issue a certificate of proposed lawful use.” This application is awaiting a decision from Medway Council and can be viewed in full on the council’s planning portal using the reference MC/24/1402.

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