FORMER BEMBRIDGE BANK COULD BE TRANSFORMED INTO 3 SHOPS

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A former bank could be turned into 3 shops in Bembridge.

Permission is being sought from the Isle of Wight Council to transform 2 High Street, a former Lloyds Bank.

In November last year, planning permission was given for the site to be turned into 2 retail units and for the 1-bed flat on the first floor to be turned into a 2-bed flat.

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Now, applicant Mr J Hicks is asking to stretch the use of the building to 3 retail stores, without changing the overall floor space, “[giving] the building a much-needed overhaul and new lease of life” according to the planning agents.

The agent, Matthew D Jones Architectural Services, said the application was for a minor amendment but hoped the revised proposals would not be seen as controversial — as had other buildings in Bembridge, including 5/7 High Street, across the road from number 2.

He said:

“[The application] is creating an additional retail unit to those previously approved, new jobs, more choice of shops on the High Street for the residents of Bembridge and improves an existing flat located in the heart of the village.

“The change to provide three units is in response to interest by potential businesses who want smaller units, rather than larger units.”

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To view the proposals, and comment on them, you can visit the Isle of Wight Council’s planning portal and search 20/01062/FUL.

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Blockatubie

I hear one is going to be another wet fish outlet. Surely a bit silly if so, with one opposite? They say competition is good, but not in a small village.

Fatty belcher

Is it the little floating fish and seafood outlet at Bembridge harbour moving there? I was told by a little bird that they were under pressure in their current location and wanted a more central village location.
 
If so, the foreign guy who works there is really kind and helpful. Likely quite a bit cheaper too.
 
Had a beautiful platter for two from him.
 
I imagine it must be them, as three fresh fish outlets would seem to be excessive even for wealthy Bembridge.
 

Carly Green

I believe the town council have sold the old council hall building which housed a wet fish shop.
 
Perhaps that is why the new fish monger is taking over one of the new shops opposite. I thought my sister said that the owner of the existing shop is a councillor though so all a bit peculiar. Village rumour mill will no doubt have some speculative tales as to what is going on.
 
Agree though that one fish shop is enough, so let’s wait and see.
 

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