A stalwart of Ryde’s High Street could soon be turned into a residential property if proposals are green-lit by the Isle of Wight Council.
Several objections have been received by the Council’s planning department for the application for 68 High Street, better known as The Candy Shop, which has been a feature of Ryde’s shopping district for many years.
The shop, located between an engraver and a video game store would be converted for residential use, including the construction of PVC windows and door, which has attracted objections from the Town Council and local heritage groups.
Ryde Town Council has called the development ‘inappropriate’ due to the commercial location that the shop sits in, with a precedent set for the change of use class in the Town Centre boundary area should plans be approved.
Meanwhile, many locals have submitted objections on the grounds that due to the pandemic, High Streets have been hit hard with several business closures, and the stripping of the original shop front could further harm the attraction of the town to tourists.