Former newsagents and grocers store to get new lease of life
PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 November 2020
A former newsagents and grocery store which has stood empty for more than a decade is set to be revitalised in a conversion project.
Wintermans News and Groceries in Manning Road, Felixstowe, was part of a thriving shopping area just off the seafront - but where today barely a couple of units still operate.
Lakeview Property Group is seeking consent from East Suffolk Council to change the ground floor from a commercial use into housing.
The project would create a one-bedroom flat with a car parking space, while the upper two floors - already in use as a home - would be unaffected.
Ipswich-based Vision design and planning consultants, on behalf of Lakeview Property Group, said the renovation would have a positive impact on the area.
The company said: “Surrounding properties positively contribute towards the character of the area. As noted by the council, the building in its current form does not arguably provide a positive contribution to the conservation area. The proposed alterations to the external appearance of the building will be more in-keeping with the neighbouring terraces.”
A nearby launderette was recently given permission to convert from commercial use to a house of multiple occupation.
Felixstowe Town Council has recommended approval and the Felixstowe Society says it will cause no harm to the conservation area.