Partridges hardware store in Hadleigh proposes major conversion into new shop units and flats
Ambitious plans to redevelop the site of one of Hadleigh’s iconic shops are being considered by town planners.
Plans for Partridges hardware store include changing it into 13 ground-floor shops – including a food shop – and 14 one and two-bedroom first and second-floor flats.
The application for full planning permission includes the retention of three listed buildings in the High Street and in George Street, as well as the demolition of buildings along George Street and Magdalen Road.
Hadleigh architect firm Wincer Kievenaar has drawn up plans on behalf of Partridges’ owners. Talks about redeveloping the site were held with Hadleigh Town Council more than two years ago.
And there is hope that a hardware store will continue to operate on the site if the plans are approved by Babergh District Council.
In a design and access statement, Wincer Kievenaar said: “The proposed masterplan will provide for a mixture of retail and residential accommodation and extend the historic High Street to bridge the gap to Magdalen Road.
“It will provide the possibility for an investor to retain a small-sized hardware store in the original Partridges building, which might be more economically viable in the age of declining high streets.”
The report added: “It seizes the opportunity to create a new public street and square around new urban blocks.”
A public consultation was held in July, with residents largely in favour of plans to revamp the site, but some comments lamenting the loss of Partridges, according to the Wincer Kievenaar report.
Last year, an exhibition of Partridges’ 200-year history in Hadleigh was organised by the town council’s archive group, starting from Partridges creation by Thomas Pritty in 1819 as an ironmongers.
The owners of the store, Keith and Ann Young, have moved away from Hadleigh and live in Hertfordshire.
At the time of the exhibition in October, Partridges general manager Ruth Gant said the owners hoped Partridges, which employs 40 people, could continue.
She said: “It’s no secret that the store is being prepared for sale and there will be some planning applications to develop the site in a different way.
“But I know the current owners are very keen to leave a legacy to the town, and the hope is that the new owners will carry on its history.”
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