Permission granted for new shop in Benwick

The proposed site

The proposed site - Credit: Archant

A NEW convenience store is set to be built in a Fenland village after councillors said a building could make way for a shop and two flats.

A view of the existing building on the site with the Five Alls pub in the background

A view of the existing building on the site with the Five Alls pub in the background - Credit: Archant

Fenland District Council’s planning committee approved plans by Manea businessman Bharat Sisodiya to build a shop in Lilyholt Road, Benwick.

Mr Sisodiya runs Londis, a general store, at Park Road, Manea.

He said: “I could not believe that the people of Benwick had to do without a shop for many years.

“The reaction I’ve got is that people are excited about the shop and looking forward to using it.


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“It will be a Londis general store. We don’t want to put an exact date on it but we hope to be open early next year.”

Lee Bevens, Mr Sisodiya’s agent, welcomed the decision.

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He said: “The majority of residents we have spoken to seem to be chuffed that they are finally going to get a shop back in the village.”

The proposal had been opposed by Benwick Parish Council and highways officers, who raised concerns about a lack of parking spaces.

But planners said: “We support development that will regenerate and cater for the retail needs of communities.”

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