Historic building in Wisbech needs preserving with restoration project, says owner
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The upstairs floor of a moth-balled Grade II listed building in Wisbech could be turned into two flats if an application to give it an overhaul is given the go ahead.
The building in Church Terrace, which dates back to 1804, has shops on the ground floor, but upstairs the rooms have been empty for some time.
It needs extensive renovation and repair, according to a planning report, prepared for owner Joe Picalli who fears the condition of the first and second floors will deteriorate unless they are re-developed.
“The best way to maintain a historic building is, he suggests, to have it in use,” said a report which was put before Wisbech town councillors.
The building is at number 11 to 12 and Mr Piscalli has pledged that the only exterior change would be the creation of door opening in place of a window and it would also be re-painted but in the same colour.
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Mr Picalli said: “The proposed conversion will benefit the immediate area as well as the wider town by ensuring that a prominent listed building receives the investment it requires to renovate and repair it to a standard befitting its heritage and prominence.”
The conservation officer at Fenland District Council has shown support for the project and the scheme has been welcomed by the town council.
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The application is yet to go before Fenland’s planning committee for approval.