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Former Haverhill newsagents could be turned into two retail units under new proposals




Plans have been submitted to turn a High Street shop in Haverhill that has been closed and unoccupied for 11 months into two retail units.

The premises had been home to Henderson’s Newsagents for decades until it went into administration in August 2019.

The shop and all of its stock were then sold by G J Wisdom & Co Auctioneers & Valuers at auction in December, as were all of the other five shops in the Henderson’s chain.

Henderson's Newsagents in Haverhill pictured one month after its was closed. Picture by Steve Barton
Henderson's Newsagents in Haverhill pictured one month after its was closed. Picture by Steve Barton

Since then however, the new owners have been unable to find a retailer willing to take on the lease for the building, so have submitted a planning application to West Suffolk Council

The owner, a Mr Fowler from Dovercourt, wants to turn the shop space into two retail units and convert the existing first floor storage rooms into a one bedroom flat.

There is already a two bedroom flat on the first floor that is occupied.

The planning statement for the application said: “The shop has remained vacant for many months and although the applicants have endeavoured to re-let the ground floor shop they have been unsuccessful to date.

“A commercial letting agency has also confirmed that there is little requirement for larger shop lets.

“The applicants have concluded that the property would attract interest if the existing shop was divided into two smaller units.

The application also requests that the shops be allowed to open from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday and 7am to 1pm on Sundays and bank holidays.


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