Friday, 8 October 2010

Finally! No 46 gets a facelift


It can only get better
 
UPDATE - After a long running campaign by LVIG, No 46 Ladywell Rd - better known as Nightwatch - is finally being refurbished. The shop unit and flat, long an eyesore on the high street after it was abandoned to foxes and pigeons by its previous owners for more than 15 years, is being converted into a shop unit and two small flats. The work, which started this week, is expected to be completed by the New Year. TonyM

10 comments:

Pete said...

That's great news Tony! I hope the developers are rewarded with a tenant for the shop in January.

Geoffrey said...

Very small flats with an odd layout. Plus a bit stuck on the back of the building

Sue said...

Did they win planning permission on appeal then, or was it a fresh application?

Glad to hear work is finally starting though.

Geoffrey said...

Details can be found on the Council planning website under ref. dc/10/74347.
The Ladywell Society did make comments, but it appears that the (delegated) decision was taken before the comments were received. Not really family homes because of the awkward layout and small size, but there you go ..... Council policy is for more family units. Perhaps the Planning Service decided that this fits the Policy.

TonyM said...

Don't be so miserable Geoffrey. We live in an imperfect world. At least a proper shop unit with flats is better than the dump we've had to put up with for years.

Geoffrey said...

Me, miserable? It's just that the resultant flats might be too small for families to live in comfortably. I wonder what sort of shop will open. With El's Kitchen opening soon, there won't be a need for a deli, and if Eleanor does sell fresh vegetables, there would be limited scope for a greengrocer.

Robert said...

How about upmarket cards, stationery and gifts? - I suspect there's a market for this. Any food shop would be risky with Els opening and the likelihood of small supermarket on the vacant site on the corner of Malyons.

Geoffrey said...

The small shop on the other side the road sells quality cards, although it doesn't seem to push itself.

Pete said...

It could sell anything. You could open a specialist children's book and clothes shop. Or just about anything really. The one thing possibly wrong with that shop unit is that it's perhaps a bit small.

Jackie said...

Any news on 40 (the Snack Bar) - the other long term blight on my daily trudge to the station?