Tuesday, 26 September 2017

'Yes' and 'no' to new flats above shops

PLANS to create flats above the Clarks shoe shop in Henley town centre have been backed by town councillors.

Spratley Studios of Henley has submitted a planning application on behalf of asset manager Catalyst Capital, which owns the property in Bell Street.

The space, which is currently vacant, would be converted into three two-bedroom flats.

Henley Town Council’s planning committee has recommended the application is approved.

Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak said: “We need more two-bedroom flats in Henley.”

However, the committee disapproved of plans to convert offices above Caffè Nero in Bell Street, which is also owned by Catalyst Capital, into three flats.

The offices on the first and second floors used to be flats.

The committee recommended the application is refused due to the loss of office space in the town centre.

A decision on both applications will be made by South Oxfordshire District Council next month.

Catalyst Capital already has permission to redevelop Market Place Mews into 14 flats and 16,000 sq ft of retail space. The work is due to start in the new year.

Meanwhile, a Henley shop wants to change its fascia as part of a rebrand.

Timpson in Bell Street has applied for permission to replace the Arkhive fascia panel with a yellow Snappy Snaps fascia and install a new sign.

The committee voted to recommend that the application is refused on the grounds that the new fascia would not comply with the shopfront guide.

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