Vacant High Street shop set to become one-bedroom flat

07:57 30 April 2014

A vacant shop is set to be converted to a one-bedroom flat

A vacant shop is set to be converted to a one-bedroom flat

Archant

A vacant Royston shop is set to be turned into a one-bedroom flat.

North Herts District Council’s planning committee has voted to allow change of use for 47-49 Royston High Street, from Class A1 (retail) to residential.

Royston Town Council opposed the move on the grounds that it didn’t want to see retail space in the High Street used for housing.

However, planning officers from the district council recommended that it be approved.

The unit, a former clothes shop, has been empty for five years. In 2011, permission was granted to change the shop to Class A3 (restaurant/café) but the owners were unable to find a new tenant.

In her report, planning officer Gill Claxton said: “On balance, the scheme is considered acceptable having regard to the particular circumstances of the site; the need to bring this vacant Listed Building back into active use and the extant planning permission which would allow the loss of a retail unit to a restaurant/café.”

The committee voted to approve the plans at its meeting last Thursday.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Royston Crow visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Royston Crow staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Royston Crow account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 17:45
Delays are expected due to signalling problems at Stevenage railway station.

Train passengers have been warned to expect delays and alterations due to signalling problems at Stevenage tonight.

Yesterday, 17:14
French horn player Ben Goldscheider is a finalist of the Young Brass Award 2015 which takes place on Friday. Credit: Gu Photography.

A 17-year-old French horn player from Ashwell is taking on the world’s best in a competition that is being broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 this evening.

Yesterday, 15:00
Sir Oliver Heald puts Department of Health estimates to the test as he tries to drive to Mount Vernon in 45 minutes

Calls for a satellite radiotherapy unit at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital to save patients the gruelling journey to north London for treatment are being heard at the highest levels of the National Health Service.

Yesterday, 08:32
Group sleep-out arranged by Hannah Foley.

A 17-year-old from Royston says a charity sleep out challenge she tackled with friends made her reflect on the constant dangers that homeless people face.

”North

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition today E-edition