Former shop in Fenland town could be turned into a house after standing empty for six years

A SHOP which has stood empty for six years in a Fenland town could be turned into a house.

The former convenience store on Whitmore Street, Whittlesey, ceased trading due to a lack of business and there is no prospect of it being re-let as a retail unit.

However, the vacant building could be turned into a residential property after a planning application was submitted to Fenland District Council to change the use of the building from a shop to a house.

The plans include forming a bedroom for an existing ground floor flat and creating a self-contained one bedroom residential home on the same level.

The design and access statement submitted to the council suggests the intention is to create “desirable living areas utilising the existing layout as much as is practically possible.”

The new home’s layout would include an open plan lounge/kitchen/diner, a spacious bathroom, bedroom and new resized windows to allow natural lighting into the building.