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Complementary therapy centre on London Road?

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Sunday 13 July 2008 12.08pm
Hello. I've recently put a planning application in to open a little complementary therapy centre on London Road, offering treatments like acupuncture, osteopathy, massage and reflexology.

I'm an acupuncturist, living and working in the area for three years, and I'm really happy that I've finally found premises to start a little centre. I've agreed to buy the shop at 12 London Road, previously a minicab office, and the owner has kindly agreed to hold it for me while I pursue planning permission for the change of use.

The success of my project now hinges on getting planning permission. Today (Sunday 13th) is the last day for the council to receive any comments on the application, and I've heard on the grapevine that the they've received some objections. I'm having a last-minute panic!

I've been humming and ha-ing about asking here for support, it seems a bit pushy somehow, and I would certainly hate to offend anybody. Also of course being Sunday everyone will be off having nice barbies and not playing with the internet! If you're there though, and you might like to email the council in support of my applications, that would be really great of you.

You can see my applications on Southwark Council's website at:

To comment on the applications you can email, mentioning the reference numbers as below and your name and your address (home or work).

Planning Permission 08/AP/1548
Change of use of the ground floor shop to a complementary therapy centre (Use Class D1)

Listed Building Consent 08/AP/1549
Internal alterations to the ground floor shop to facilitate its change of use to a complementary therapy centre (Use Class D1)

I hope my centre will:
- Provide a much-needed local service
- Not create any disturbance to neighbouring homes or businesses
- Not generate additional car journeys (being so well served with public transport)
- Be a positive addition to London Road, adding more variety
- Treat the historic fabric of 12 London Road with respect
- Support the economic vibrancy of the area by growing my small business and providing premises for other self-employed therapists

Thank you for your time!

Monday 14 July 2008 2.42pm
I assume the 13th is the 3-week deadline?

Just to let you know that Local Planning Authorities generally consider all representations even if they are received after the official 3-week deadline. It is not too late to send in responses.

Replacing a minicab office with your use could be very good in planning terms - minicab offices usually have late night noise/light activity which can sometimes cause disturbance to local residents - but I don't know the specifics of this case.

Listed building consent can be tricky - again the focus should be on improvement

Feel free to send me a PM (I am a town planning consultant by day!)
Monday 14 July 2008 5.40pm
Thanks Colinio, that's great to know it might not be too late to send in responses. I've PM-ed you.

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