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Long Melford Parish Council urges more time be given to try and retain vacant Aurora House for retail use




Plans to convert a vacant shop in Long Melford into a home have met opposition from the local parish council, which wants to see more options to retain the retail site pursued.

An application to convert Aurora House in Hall Street from retail to residential use is awaiting consideration from Babergh District Council.

A statement in support of the proposal says the site had been marketed for continued retail use for an extended period, but did not attract any commercial demand.

Aurora House in Long Melford.. (22100940)
Aurora House in Long Melford.. (22100940)

But Long Melford Parish Council objected, on the grounds that it wanted as much time as possible given to keeping a retail unit on this site, including the exploration of converting the premises into micro business units.

At a parish council meeting earlier this month, planning committee chairman John Watts said: “We would like to explore every possible avenue before this site is turned into housing.”


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