Plan to restore old Harleston post office

An application has been submitted to South Norfolk Council to renovate and convert the old Post Office in Harleston.

Submitted by Dr John Atkinson of Bungay, the plan would see the Grade II-listed building at 3 Old Market Place turned into a home.

The building, which was built as a bank by Gurney and Co in 1799, was used as the Post Office in 1914, before being taken over by Steele and Co Solicitors, which occupied it until the late 1990s. Five years later the building was used as a wine bar and gallery.

The design and access statement submitted with the application said the building has stood empty for the last 18 months, and has fallen into disrepair both internally and externally. In the application, Mr Atkinson said: “Our intention is to change the use of this building from commercial to residential, with minimal internal alteration to restore this historic building to its former glory.

“We would like to live in this building as our family home.

“In addition we have sufficient funds for the project and are aware that the building will require funds in order to maintain this listed building.”

Harleston town councillors have recommended the application for approval.