Hairdresser gets permission to relocate down the road

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A hairdresser’s in Long Melford is to relocate to new premises after planners gave the move their approval.

Babergh District Council’s development committee gave their consent for hair salon Pure Elements to transfer its business from Belmont House in Hall Street to Hawthorn Cottage in the same road on Wednesday.

Council officers had recommended that planning permission be granted, despite Long Melford Parish Council raising concerns that changing part of the ground floor of the cottage into a salon would have a detrimental impact on its appearance.

The authority argued that an increase in traffic and parking around the building meant the application should be refused.

Letters received by the district council from two residents suggested that current empty shops in the village should be used for the move and claimed that there were already enough hair salons in the area.

Speaking during the meeting, applicant Jane May – who owns the cottage – said hairdresser Sally Thake was seeking new premises after being unable to remain at Belmont House.

“Sally is already in the village as a hairdresser and she is only moving because the owner wants the house back as a house,” she said.

Committee chairman Peter Beer said initial reservations about car parking had been misplaced, as it was believed cars parking outside the previous location would simply transfer down the road.

Ray Smith, representing Sudbury, agreed. “I can see nothing wrong with this application at all and am happy to go with the recommendation of approval,” he said.

Members unanimously voted to grant planning permission.

Following the decision Mrs May, who also owns Lady Jane department stores, said the salon would fit in well at the cottage. “The objections were obsolete as she is simply relocating,” she said. “Sally had no where else to go and is ecstatic.”