Thursday, 17 August 2017

Plan to convert old shop into three flats

PLANS to convert a disused picture framing shop in Henley into flats have been opposed by town councillors.

PLANS to convert a disused picture framing shop in Henley into flats have been opposed by town councillors.

The Halson Mackley Partnership wants to demolish a rear extension at the former Opal store, on the corner of Reading Road and Quebec Road, and replace it with another of two storeys.

It would then build three flats, two with one bedroom and one with two bedrooms, as well as removing the shop front and inserting windows and rooflights.

The single front door on Reading Road would be replaced with two separate entrances.

Henley Town Council’s planning committee has recommended the application is refused planning permission as the scheme does not retain the building’s original appearance.



The property is in a conservation area that is also subject to a legal measure called an article 4 direction.

This means the limits on changes to buildings are even stricter than in a normal conservation area.

Councillors also raised concerns about the lack of parking places in the area.

Councillor Elizabeth Hodgkin said: “Parking there is a nightmare. We do need more homes but this is probably over-development.”

South Oxfordshire District Council will decide the application by the end of the month.

The shop closed in March after 50 years following the retirement of owner Les Gallon.

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