Closed Donington bakery to be turned into a shop and flat after gaining planning permission
A former Donington baker's shop is to be renovated so it can be used for both retail and residential purposes.
Planning permission has been given for a makeover at what was Jessops' family bakery in Market Place which closed in February.
At a meeting last Wednesday, South Holland District Council backed plans by applicant Henry Bingham to alter the property which dates back to the 19th century.
New windows, central heating, plumbing and repositioned entrance will be included in the building work so that the ground floor will continue to be a shop, while the first floor will be used as a flat.
Mr Bingham said: "I like working on old buildings and when I was looking for a new project, I felt that the old Jessops' shop was in a very good location.
"My plan is just to improve the look of the building by giving it a full refit to make it a fully usable property again.
"The work required is cost-effective because the ground floor will still be a shop unit, while the upstairs will be living accommodation.
"With the expansion of Donington, there's no way that I could justify the removal of the shop as there is a need for it in the middle of the village."
A report prepared for the planning committee said: "The proposals sufficiently avoid impacting significantly upon either the Donington Conservation Area or nearby grade II-listed buildings."
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