Waveney Local Plan

Kirkley District Shopping Centre

2.63 Kirkley District Shopping Centre, known locally as Kirkley Village Centre, is located along London Road South between Parade Road South and Lorne Park Road. There are currently nearly 80 units within the area in retail or leisure uses. The centre currently has a good range of independent stores and cafes. The smaller convenience stores in the centre predominantly cater for day to day and top-up shopping.

2.64 The Retail and Leisure Needs Assessment (2016) and annual monitoring suggests Kirkley should continue to be identified as a 'District Centre' where shops and services will be protected and prevented from changing to other uses. The assessment suggests that there is potential to increase the convenience food offer as well as increase the number of cafes and restaurants to cater for the needs of the local population and the wider tourist market.

2.65 A key objective for this area is to increase the use of the centre by tourists visiting the nearby seafront. A greater range of restaurants and cafes and signage from the seafront will help support this.

2.66 Policy WLP2.11 intends to protect the existing shopping and service offer in Kirkley and promote new restaurants and cafes where they would not undermine the viability of the centre.

2.67 It is acknowledged that some changes of use can take place without planning permission under the Permitted Development Order 2015 which allows some flexibility of uses within the area (dependent on size, final proposed land use and whether the site is located in a Conservation Area or not). The inability of the Council to control such proposals highlights the need to give particular scrutiny to proposals that continue to require the submission of a planning application.  

Policy WLP2.11 - Kirkley District Shopping Centre

Kirkley District Shopping Centre is identified on the Policies Map.

Within the Kirkley District Shopping Centre proposals for changes of use of ground floor premises from use classes A1 (retail) and A2 (financial and professional services) to other non-retail uses including A5 (hot food takeaways) will not be permitted.

The following changes of use will only be permitted where either cumulatively or individually they have no significant adverse impact on the character, retail function and vitality and viability of the centre, residential amenity including noise, fumes, smell and litter, highway safety, parking and community safety:

  • From use classes A1 (retail) and A2 (financial and professional services) to A3 (restaurants and cafes).
  • Other premises in the Kirkley District Shopping Centre to use classes A3 (restaurants and cafés), A4 (drinking establishments) and A5 (hot food takeaways).