Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Flat plan for former hair salon

A FORMER hair salon in Henley could be turned into a flat.

A FORMER hair salon in Henley could be turned into a flat.

Simon Connelly, of New Street, wants to convert the former Henley Hair and Beauty premises in Bell Street into a one-bedroom flat with an open plan living room and kitchen.

But Henley Town Council’s planning committee has recommended his application is refused permission.

Chairman David Nimmo Smith said he would regret the loss of a retail unit.

Mayor Lorraine Hillier said: “I would like to see it stay as retail. A lot of independent shops can’t afford to run in the main thrust, only the multinationals. It’s our duty to keep this as a shop.”

But Deputy Mayor Julian Brookes said: “It is out of town and people don’t seem to want to go past the start of New Street.”

The hairdressers closed in July last year when the then landlord, View Estates, which bought the premises at auction in February 2014, submitted a planning application to convert the premises into a flat.

South Oxfordshire District Council, the planning authority, will make a final decision by January 18.

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