Shop could become house

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PLANNING officers are recommending that a plan to transform the Village Stores in Tydd St Giles into a residential property be approved.

The application by Mr M Heathcote would see the small retail unit on Church Lane turned into a house and officers are supported his plan due to the fact that the shop has only been in operation for one of the past five years.

Although there are no other shops in the village, it is considered that the loss of the Village Stores would not have a “detrimental impact on the sustainability of the community”.

The application comes before Fenland Council’s planning committee today (Wednesday) and has been put forward due to the number of objections received.

Ten letters have been received by the council, believing there is a need for a shop and the right business could thrive. However, 17 letters of support have also been received, maintaining the shop is no longer a viable proposition and the premises is at risk of becoming another vacant building on the road.