OBJECTIONS RAISED OVER ‘CANDY SHOP’ CONVERSION PLANS IN RYDE

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.

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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.

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Mercedes Man
Mercedes Man
2 months ago

Just leave it empty then, after all empty shops on our high streets are a good look ..

Frequent shopper
Frequent shopper
Reply to  Mercedes Man
2 months ago

Less shops have been closing on that end of the street than on the main high street. The Candy Box only closed because the owner died during lockdown.

fred
fred
2 months ago

“has attracted objections from local heritage groups” Then they should buy the property from the owner. High street is dead and these people want to force their opinion onto others and force them to loose money.

mia
mia
Reply to  fred
2 months ago

the high street is not dead at all, what an awfully ignorant opinion. the high street is only going to be dead if it is allowed to die, which converting this shopfront into a residential will certainly contribute towards.

DoDo
DoDo
2 months ago

Ryde town attractive!, i don’t think tourists come for the town achitecture

Lady Brady
Lady Brady
2 months ago

It is a shopping street not a housing estate. Stop it now!

magical mag
magical mag
Reply to  Lady Brady
2 months ago

a person should have the right to do what they want to a property , I’ve seen houses inbetween shops in Ryde,Sandown,shanklin etc

Mercedes Man
Mercedes Man
Reply to  Lady Brady
2 months ago

It was a shopping street it isn’t anymore, not unless Getting a curry or doing your laundry is considered shopping?

mia
mia
Reply to  Mercedes Man
2 months ago

blatantly ignoring that there are multiple thriving businesses on that end of the street. what is your agenda?

Frequent shopper
Frequent shopper
Reply to  Mercedes Man
2 months ago

Mercedes man clearly hasn’t left his house in a while. Furniture, clothes, skateboards, video games, card games, records, musical instruments, art, bikes, books. That’s just some of the things shops down that end specialise in. If you want a curry you can get that too of course, and the Launderette isn’t even on the same part of the street.

yes way
yes way
2 months ago

I feel really sorry for the shops in this area. The traffic is hideous, pavement so small. There’s a bench for street drinkers at the junction nearby.
Yes the architecture has heritage value but in completely the wrong location for thriving retail. To object based on its appeal to tourists is absolute fantasy land.
Ryde town council should be financially supporting if they want to preserve it.

Theresa Davies
Theresa Davies
2 months ago

They’ve been inside ripping it apart inside for ages!!

Stu
Stu
2 months ago

Let them live there just tell them that they have to keep the front as it is.

Mop bucket
Mop bucket
2 months ago

So? Is the business still open?

Gail Dundas
Gail Dundas
2 months ago

I can’t believe anyone would have the audacity to even apply for planning permission to change this into a residence. Ryde’s commercial centre should not be up for grabs by some developer. This would open the door for more applications and once the precedent is set it would be difficult to stop further applications in the future. When Covid has finally gone Ryde would benefit from an injection of monetory help into their commercial area or it will slowly wither and Ryde would not be an attraction for visitors in the future.

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