PLANS for a new Domino’s takeaway in Ringwood have been wished “every success” by the town council after recommending planning permission.

The international pizza delivery and takeaway chain has submitted plans to move into a unit in Southampton Road, just off the High Street, formerly occupied by Edinburgh Woollen Mill which closed in late 2020.

According to planning documents, the proposed takeaway would operate between 11.00am and 11.00pm and would generate a number of full-time and part-time employment opportunities.

It also says that employees will be “sourced locally”.

Ringwood Town Council recommend permission for the application be granted, subject to a decision by a New Forest District Council planning officer.

Deputy Mayor of Ringwood, Cllr Philip Day said: “Ringwood Town Council values the thriving business community in our town centre. The members of our planning committee welcome and support planning applications for change of use and alterations unless there are good planning reasons to oppose them.

“No material planning considerations for recommending refusal of this application were presented or apparent to the committee, so it recommended that permission be granted but ultimately, that will be a matter for New Forest District Council to determine.

“Had the application threatened Ringwood’s heritage or been inappropriate for some other reason, the Council would no doubt have recommended refusal.
Bournemouth Echo: Partial ground floor plans for a Domino's takeaway in Southampton Road, Ringwood. Picture: Pegasus GroupPartial ground floor plans for a Domino's takeaway in Southampton Road, Ringwood. Picture: Pegasus Group

“It is gratifying to see an empty unit brought back into use and whilst it would not be appropriate for us to comment on the merits of any particular operator, we wish it every success as we would with any new business coming to the town.”

Regarding the proposed layout for the Domino’s, the conversion will provide a customer waiting area and kitchen to the front of the unit, the rear of the unit occupied by a cold room and storage space.

It is proposed to replace the existing shopfront with a new glazed shopfront with aluminium frames. The existing pilasters, cornice and columns will be retained and repainted to match the render of the building. The existing shop front below the window will also be retained and repainted Traffic Grey to match the rest of the shopfront.

The format of the existing shopfront will be retained, with the recessed entrance doors replaced in the same location served by the low ramped access.

At present, the closest Domino’s establishment to Ringwood is located in Ferndown.

Domino's said it was unable to comment on the plans.