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Former Bishop's Stortford building society set to become shop and two homes

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Former building society premises in Bishop’s Stortford town centre are set to be converted into a shop and two homes.

The Nationwide moved to larger premises along South Street last year and since then its former base has been empty.

Delens Ltd, of Dorking, Surrey, has asked East Herts Council to approve plans to change the use of the ground floor to a retail shop from a financial and professional services designation and to allow the creation of a ground-floor two-bedroom flat and a two-bedroom maisonette upstairs.

Bishops Stortford general views. Potter Street/South Street. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (19894700)
Bishops Stortford general views. Potter Street/South Street. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (19894700)

A report to the council says: “The change of use of the first floor to residential would provide the remainder of the living accommodation for the proposed ground-floor flat as well as a second flat.

“One of the units is over two levels – effectively a maisonette with two double bedrooms, one with an en-suite, a utility room, bathroom and patio area, with a combined kitchen/dining/living space at first-floor level.

"The second flat would cover the width of the front of the first floor and include a double bedroom, a single bedroom, a bathroom, combined kitchen/dining/living room and a patio.”

It concludes: “The frontage retail unit being allowed to remain as such, the proposal would not threaten the viability or vitality of the shopping centre and town centre. Two added units of residential accommodation will be provided and the whole is highly sustainable.”

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