- Old ABC Cinema. The application is for a gym and five flats. I am going to be opposing due to parking impact and the massing of the building in the roof area, which I think detracts strongly from strong presence of the tower. The consultation period for this one has technically closed, but you can still send in comments.
- Old Maskreys furniture shop. The application is for a ground floor restaurant and student flats above. I've not had a chance to look at this in detail yet, but I think I will struggle with a non-retail use, especially given the Cumulative Impact Area (i.e. no new alcohol sales). I am also worried about the intensity of use, although I'm not opposed to residential use in principle. Still talking to people about this one and how to respond.
- Old Dragons Kiss bar. There are complementary planning and licensing applications in from Wetherspoons to bring this premises back into use - it closed down over a year ago, apparently due to Police pressure. It is difficult to argue against one bar replacing another, so I don't think I will be opposing this, especially as Wetherspoons are generally well-run establishments, in my experience.
- Territorial Army Centre. The application is for a Waitrose supermarket - though the Council would like to see the site turned into a school. Again, I've not been able to yet have a close look at the plans, but I will almost certainly be opposing this as we have too many supermarkets already.
CORRECTION (31/5/12) : The Maskreys ground floor is planned to remain as retail - my mistake.