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Café plans submitted for former Wisbech grocery store

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A former grocery store looks set to become a café if plans are approved by Fenland District Council.

Mr and Mrs Dennis have applied for permission for a new shop front to 50 Hill Street, Wisbech, which was formerly the Baltic International Food and adjoins Bygones Restaurant.

They also want to make alterations to the inside of the building and permission for an outside seating area, which a supporting statement drawn up by Peter Humphrey and Associates on behalf of the applicants explains will be located on "the vast public area in front of the proposed café, which is owned/controlled by the council".

Plans have been submitted which will see 50 Hill Street, Wisbech open as a café. (44598754)
Plans have been submitted which will see 50 Hill Street, Wisbech open as a café. (44598754)

The statement explains the building has been vacant for a few years and adds that the owner, who already runs a hot food establishment in the town would like to open a café within the building.

It points out that a change to planning uses in October last year means that shops and cafés now come under the same class and therefore a change of use is not needed.

The statement claims the proposed external alterations will "vastly improve" the look of the existing building and says the windows and doors proposed to the front will match those replaced in the two flats above.

It continues: "Before the building was a grocery shop, it used to be a health shop (Hardy’s), it had a

functional kitchen serving food, this existing kitchen will once again be used and extended. A new extraction unit is proposed on the rear elevation."

Two full time jobs will be created by the café opening, and it is planned the business will run from 6am to 11pm seven days a week.

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