PLANS to turn a former Henley restaurant into a house have been backed by town councillors.
The planning committee lent its support for the conversion of Antico in Upper Market Place into a six-bedroom house by Ben Pratley and Simon Priestley.
The restaurant closed on New Year’s Day after 34 years when co-owner Valerio Filippini stepped away from the Italian eaterie after 17 years.
At the meeting on Tuesday, Chairman David Nimmo Smith said planning officers at South Oxfordshire District Council had raised concerns about the loss of commercial space.
But Councillor Sam Evans replied saying that commercial considerations had no bearing on planning matters.
“The market is going to decide whether there is a need or want for a restaurant up there,” she said. ” Antico was great, well known and well liked but it’s not exactly prime location there.”
Cllr Nimmo Smith said an application of this type may become more regular. “We are going to accept 450 more houses. It might not be the only one we lose,” he said.