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New cafe proposed for Shipston
10:50am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
PLANS to convert a former clothes shop in Shipston into a cafe could get the go ahead after they were recommended for approval.
Applicant Compton Scorpion 2002 Trust has applied for the change of use of the ground floor of the former Sandra’s shop in Clerkenwell House, Market Place.
If plans get the go ahead, the cafe would be an all-day eatery with a lunch and dinner menu in the ground floor part of the building with the first floor used as office space and storage.
But the application to convert the Grade II listed building has attracted 20 letters in opposition and two in support along with objections from the town council.
Maria Cave, owner of Mrs Brown's Tea Rooms in the High Street, said there was already too many cafes in Shipston.
“Our takings are just going down and down,” she said. “It’s going to get to the point if anything else opens we will have to close and so will all the other people.
“They are not going to have enough footfall coming in, they are just going to dilute the business. There needs to be shops, not more cafes.”
Councillor Jeff Kenner, ward member for Shipston at SDC, said: “I’m opposing this change of use because of the loss of much-needed retail use in Shipston and we already have a very wide and excellent choice of cafes in town.
“I am also concerned about the potential loss of employment should it affect the businesses of these other cafes because the town centre is quite a fragile environment.”
However, the applicant’s planning statement said the proposed all-day eatery would provide a “balance and complementary provision” in the town and would create up to four new jobs.
Robert Weeks, heading of environment and planning, said in his report: “The proposed development would result in an appropriate re-use of a listed building within this town centre location.”
Stratford District Council’s planning committee (East) will discuss the application at their meeting on Wednesday (2).
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