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Downham shop conversion plan approved

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A former shop and one-time post office in Downham is to be converted into living space, after planning permission was granted by West Norfolk Council.

Lynn Road Stores, which closed for the last time in September last year, occupies part of the ground floor of a residential building.

It will now be converted to join the rest of the home, with the large shop window swapped for a smaller one to match the rest of the house.

Planning Applications. (55836287)
Planning Applications. (55836287)

The shop space will be turned into a lounge and the former post office area into a study.

In a letter to the council, the shop’s owner, Ann Harris, wrote: “I can confirm that I have not employed any staff for 13 years, since re-opening the shop following [the] closure of [the] post office.

“The shop was opened after requests from local people but failed to flourish.

“It is now impossible to keep financing the business myself.”

The council’s planning officers granted permission for the change of use in a decision notice issued on Thursday.

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