Monday, 18 December 2017

Old shop set to be turned into flats

AMENDED plans to convert a disused Henley shop into flats now have the town council's support.

AMENDED plans to convert a disused Henley shop into flats now have the town council's support.

The Halson Mackley Partnership wants to demolish a rear extension at the former Opal picture framing 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 roof lights.

The council's planning committee had recommended rejecting the scheme because the developer wanted to replace the single front door with two separate entrances.



The property is in a conservation area and is also subject to a legal order called an article 4 direction, which places even tighter restrictions on changing its appearance.

Councillors were also concerned about the lack of parking in the area.

Halson Mackley has now changed its plan to include a single front door and two parking spaces off Quebec Road.

Last week, the committee voted to recommend that South Oxfordshire District Council grants planning permission.

Councillor Sam Evans said: "They appear to have responded to the concerns that were raised."

A decision is expected by the end of the month.



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