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Planning application submitted to convert Bexleyheath Mothercare into restaurant

PUBLISHED: 11:42 07 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:46 07 June 2017

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Though the type of restaurant has not been released, the application proposes the creation of the equivalent of 32 full-time jobs

A planning application to convert Bexleyheath Mothercare into a restaurant has been sent to Bexley council.

On May 2, Savills Estate Agents applied for a change of use, of the premises on 11-15 Market Place, from retail class A1 to restaurant class A3.

A spokesperson for estate agents, said: “The application was sent on behalf of another person or company, and we actually aren’t sure exactly what type of restaurant it’ll be turned into yet. We’re also not able to say when Mothercare will close. But once we are updated, we will let you know.”

The application proposes that the premise change will result in the creation of the equivalent of 32 full-time jobs.

In a covering letter, sent to the council, a representative from Savills, said: “The proposed development will have a series of positive impacts on the area, including the facilitation of private sector investment, economic growth and job creation. These positive elements are important material considerations that are considered to weigh heavily in favour of granting the planning permission.”

The application comes weeks after Mothercare chief executive, Mark Newton-Jones announced the “second phase” of store closures, on May 18.

He said: “In the UK our store numbers will continue to reduce to between 80 and 100 as we focus on a regional presence in key conurbations. We are clear that the role of our store network is to support our digitally led approach to providing specialist face to face service and advice along with first class product presentation. We will no longer sell ranges in the UK for older children in either clothing or toys.

“Over time, this simpler approach will lead to a leaner, more agile business resulting in more stable and sustainable cash flows. We are moving the mothercare brand forward and becoming more relevant to our modern customers.”

The closures mean Mothercare will close approximately 70 of its 152 stores and have stated it’s part of a ‘six pillar’ plan to restore the company, which three years ago reported loses of £25m.

The next closest Mothercare store is on Eltham High Street.

Bexleyheath Business Improvement District, and Mothercare have been contacted for comment.

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