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Application for bedsits to replace fish and chip restaurant in Swaffham

A popular Swaffham fish and chip shop is set to shut its restaurant and convert it into flats under new proposals.

Two bedsits would be created under the scheme for the Mother Hubbards site in Market Place, which has been submitted to Breckland Council under separate applications for planning and listed building consent.

The takeaway element of the business, which has been trading for nearly 30 years, will continue to trade even if the applications are allowed to proceed.

Mother Hubbard's in Swaffham Market Place
Mother Hubbard's in Swaffham Market Place

But documents submitted as part of the proposal suggested there was little alternative but to find a new use for the upstairs restaurant.

They said: “The existing restaurant has to be closed. This leaves a floor of number 91 left vacant.

“Many young people find it impossible to find affordable accommodation. If this floor is split into two bedsits, it will provide two young people with a home.

“It is felt none of these changes will detract from the building.”

The documents said all the changes to the building as a result of the scheme would be internal, with no structural work planned.

Environmental health officers and county roads officials have not raised objections so far and district planners have indicated that it aims to make a decision on the proposal by early next month.

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