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South Street, Bishops Stortford
South Street, Bishops Stortford

The transformation of Bishop's Stortford town centre is continuing with an application to shift Trinity Pharmacy closer to the commercial heart.

Plans have been lodged with East Herts Council to install a new shopfront and signage at 87-89 South Street, recently vacated by Lloyds Pharmacy and formerly occupied by Laura Ashley.

Lloyds has centralised its operation at its outlet in the Thorley Neighbourhood Centre. Trinity is currently based at 87 South Street, next to the doctors’ surgery.

Nationwide Building Society has applied to district planners for permission to install a new shopfront and signage at the former Edinburgh Woollen Mill store at 14-16 South Street, just a few doors away from its present branch at 8 South Street.

At Northgate End, Downings and Vincent, of North Street, want to convert The Ironing Maiden to a one-bed apartment.

The design and access statement submitted to East Herts says: “The building is three storeys high and comprises an ironing parlour at ground level accessed from Northgate End with independent residential accommodation above which is accessed from the rear of the premises.

“The proposal is to change the use of the ground floor ironing parlour to a single one-bedroom flat which will include a living/dining/kitchen area with a separate double bedroom and a separate show room/WC.”

Before the ironing parlour opened, the shop was used as a butcher’s and planning permission for residential conversion was granted – but has expired.



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