Arcade proposed for Newbury’s Kennet Shopping Centre

Arcade change of use application Kennet Shopping Centre
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A vacant unit in Newbury’s Kennet Shopping Centre could become an amusement arcade, should West Berkshire Council approve the new owner’s change of use application.


Lochailort Investments submitted the request this week, after struggling to find a new leaseholder for the 4391 sq ft venue.

“No external or other physical works are proposed which in themselves would require planning permission,” stated the application. “Rather, the vacant space will simply be reused in its current form and layout.”

The submission comes as Lochailort admitted its rental plans for the unit had been unsuccessful, noting “despite extensive efforts, it has not been possible to secure a new restaurant occupier.”

The Cheap Street site has been vacant since February 2017, after previous occupier Prohibition Bar ended its tenancy.

Lochailort is seeking a three-month temporary change of use to allow for an arcade in the restaurant and bar’s place, after purchasing the Kennet centre for £10m in January.

Speaking after the purchase was confirmed, MD Hugo Haig told the Newbury Weekly News: “Lochailort is acquiring a portfolio of retail property assets and intends to revitalise and improve these in the short term, with a view to looking at the potential for their longer term redevelopment.”

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