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Former garage is revving up to become site for five homes in Wisbech



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Plans have been submitted which would see a former garage replaced with five homes.

Mr K Leonard of Reepham in Norfolk wants to demolish the former Test and Service Station in Elm Road, Wisbech, and build a terrace of five homes.

The premises, which sits on the corner of Elm Road and West Street, and abutts the Salvation Army's citadel to the rear, was previously home to the Eastern Counties Omnibus Company's garage and also dates back to the days of the Peterborough Electric Traction Company.

Plans have been submitted to replace the former Test and Service Centre premises with five houses. (56639311)
Plans have been submitted to replace the former Test and Service Centre premises with five houses. (56639311)

A design and access statement submitted in support of the application drawn up by Void Architects adds: "It was a modest garage housing a small number of buses with a local maintenance facility.

"In 1936, a booking and enquiry office was established at 11A, Market Street, which later moved to 9, Market Street in 1953. More recently the building contained the commercial premises of The Test and Service Centre before becoming vacant."

It continues: "The existing building site prominently on the corner of West St and Elm Road, its form as an elongated workshop with large openings and additions reflecting its original use for storage and repair of buses.

Plans have been submitted to replace the former Test and Service Centre premises with five houses. (56639314)
Plans have been submitted to replace the former Test and Service Centre premises with five houses. (56639314)

"The building has fallen into disrepair and is suffered from a lack of maintenance over the years, such that roof, walls, doors, windows require extensive repairs which have become uneconomic to undertake."

The statement explains the proposed building will comprise a terrace of five two-storey dwellings having a central gable feature to echo the form of the existing building and to retain a presence on the corner of Elm Road.

And says: "The appearance of the building will be the subject of a Reserved Matters application, however the building is envisaged to be of generally traditional appearance, utilising materials which reflect the immediate locality."

Plans have been submitted to replace the former Test and Service Centre premises with five houses. (56639305)
Plans have been submitted to replace the former Test and Service Centre premises with five houses. (56639305)


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