David Mann’s department store, a premier shopping venue in Cranleigh High Street for more than 130 years, is to become a Churchill Homes Retirement complex.
The popular store and cafe in Cranleigh High Street once looked like this.
Now it looks like this.
Soon it may look like this.
Though we suspect that Waverley Planners will ensure the frontage remains as a shop and only the rear, accessing Victoria Road and Rowland Road, makes way for the 35 retirement apartments Churchill currently proposes.
Initially, the owners wanted 90 apartments!
101 and 102 High Street will soon be part of a planning application, Waverley Planners told a Government Inspector recently. The borough’s planners are confident the development will form part of its five-year housing land supply.
However, the parish council is fuming that the owners didn’t inform it of its intentions before councillors earmarked a further 68 homes elsewhere in the village in its updated Neighbourhood Plan, which means the 35 flats proposed will be in addition to its latest quota.
The owners recently sold the retail site for an undisclosed sum, and the new owners intend to submit a planning application by the end of this month, Waverley officers have confirmed.
There is no indication of what will happen to the old furniture and homeware store, cafe and the empty Listed Buildings in Cromwell Cottage and Oliver House adjacent to the store in the same ownership pictured below. The Flying Dutchman flies again?
Villagers mourned the loss of the popular high street store and cafe and the adjacent restaurant and outdoor dining at the Cromwell Cottage Cafe, which has been a popular watering hole in the centre of the town for many years.
The site has looked sad and miserable all over the Christmas period, a considerable departure for a store that boasted one of the finest Christmas displays in the South East for many years. Its neighbouring restaurant has also been sadly missed, according to our followers.
Here’s a Statement we received from the company back in January 2021
Statement from the Directors of David Mann & Sons Ltd.
‘Due to the recent challenging retail environment coupled with the impact of COVID-19 the directors decided to take early and decisive action to seek advice on the options for the company to enable it to continue trading, survive the pandemic and trade strongly thereafter.
As a result, the directors appointed advisors to assist them with the company’s restructuring, to address legacy creditors and future proof the company in this current economic climate.
Following the guidance provided, the decision was taken to propose a company voluntary arrangement (CVA).
The CVA proposal will enable David Mann & Sons Limited, with appropriate professional support, to provide a mechanism that will allow the company to have a more profitable and flexible business structure thus making sure we have adapted in these unprecedented times appropriately.
We can confirm that David Mann & Sons Ltd. is not in liquidation and look forward to reopening just as soon as this current lockdown allows.’
Waverley Web said in January 2021 when there was still some hope the business would survive.
So come on Waverley residents – let’s all pitch in and help save David Manns? If we don’t it will probably, like so many other businesses, end up as a block of residential flats?
Case number 1 — Corporate voluntary arrangement (CVA)
- Date of meeting to approve CVA
- 23 November 2020.