by Ian Yuill on 5 March, 2017
I have been contacted by a number of residents over the last few weeks asking what is happening at the Mannofield shops and why some of the shops are closing. Some people also asked whether there were any plans to replace the shops with flats.
The renewal of leases for the shops is obviously a commercial matter between the owner and their tenants but I think it is a huge shame that well established businesses are closing or moving out.
I contacted the council’s Head of Planning about the shops and asked if his staff had received any formal or informal approaches about redeveloping the shops. I also asked whether any planning applications had been submitted for the site of the shops. I have now received the following reply from one of his staff:
“I can confirm that there have been no informal or formal approaches made to the Planning Service with regard to redeveloping or replacing the parade of shops for residential use. In addition, no planning applications have been lodged with the Council for such a development on this site.”
I hope that new tenants are found as soon as possible for the empty and soon to be empty shop units and will be contacting the shops’ owners about this.
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