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Change of mind over plans for former Chatteris bank

Plans to convert a former town bank into a house of multiple occupation have been withdrawn so the applicant can consider alternative options.

The move by property developer Nick Leeding of Leeding Projects to withdraw his proposals to turn the former Lloyds Bank in Market Hill into a home for up to seven people came after Fenland's planning development officer Kathryn Brand told him she could not support the change of use.

She explained the proposals were contrary to planning policy as it would see the loss of commercial use at ground floor level within the town centre and she said the plans had been submitted without "any evidence to indicate why this type of use can no longer be justified".

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