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Ground floor of old Downham cinema conversion into apartments

The ground floor of a former cinema in Downham is going to be converted into studio apartments.

During a borough council planning committee meeting yesterday morning, town councillors were overwhelmingly in favour of the application for 43 High Street.

The ground floor will house four self-contained studio apartments, while the top floor will continue to operate as a gym.

43 High Street in Downham. Picture: Google Maps
43 High Street in Downham. Picture: Google Maps

Councillor Terry Parish asked whether the building could be advertised for retail, but a planning officer said they cannot restrict it for that purpose in response.

And councillor Charles Joyce raised the issue of noise coming from the gym for those living on the site.

“It would make much more sense for the gym to be at the bottom,” Mr Joyce said.

“I live in a flat and it can sound like a herd of elephants coming from above at times.”

There will be no change to the external front of the building and there will be slight changes to the side through the application.

Chairman of the committee, councillor Chris Crofts, agreed with a point raised during the committee debate which argued Downham is “dreadfully short of flats”.

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