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Plans to double the size of a Mere Street shop in Diss have been submitted

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The old Curry's store in Diss. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography
The old Curry's store in Diss. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography

Plans to double the size of the old Currys shop in Mere Street, Diss, have been submitted.

Two flats will be added to the premises – currently a pop-up shop occupied by PJ’s Musical – if the proposals are eventually approved.

The Currys name has been revealed over the shop front but the premises have only been let short term or to charity shops since the electrical retailer left the town years ago.

A statement by Keith Day Architects in support of the planning application submitted to South Norfolk Council says: “Currently high streets are experiencing a difficult time for a variety of reasons. This building has not been updated for many years and, hence, has limited appeal other than short-term charity shop lets.”

Extension plans. Imagine: Keith Day Architects
Extension plans. Imagine: Keith Day Architects

“Recently, while the property has been unoccupied, approaches have been made by high street retailers who like the position but the shop is too small.

“There is also a demand for flats in the town and our two flats will provide regular income for the site, effectively able to subsidise the shop area if required.”

The statement describes the shop, at 27 Mere Street, as one of a group of six buildings which have a variety of attractive elevations but, behind the facade, the quality of the buildings is very poor and the back yards are untidy.

It stands on a long plot and, therefore, there is an opportunity for a shop front facing south towards the main A1066 road through the town and the Morrisons roundabout, reads the design statement.

The proposals, if allowed, will add 87 square metres to the existing retail area, creating a 137 square metres on the ground floor.

Both flats will have two bedrooms and the design statement says they will have spacious rooms and views. The first floor will be increased by 120 square metres.

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