Opposition mounting for plans to convert heritage shop for residential use

The Town Council, Business Association and local Heritage groups are among those opposing the plans

The Candy Shop front

Tucked in between Pete Harris the engraver and Outland video game shop on Ryde High Street is the former Candy Shop.

A planning application for change of use to convert the shop into residential premises and replace the heritage shop front with with PVC windows and door has attracted opposition from the Ryde Town Council and local heritage groups.

Ryde Town Council say granting permission for the application would be inappropriate within a ground level commercial location and would set a precedent for the change of use class in the Town Centre boundary area.

RBA: Points raised in application are inaccurate
Ryde Business Association say a number of points raised in the application “are inaccurate and do not represent the area”. They argue that the proposed changes to the frontage involve the use of UPVC materials which are completely out of character for this area of the High St.

In addition the property falls within the Ryde Heritage Action Zone which is at present preparing a shop front design code.

Agent: Not a listed building
The agent claims in their paperwork that “the building is not of any special historic or architectural value” and although situated in the Ryde Conservation Area, it is not a listed building.

Comments on the application (21/00442/FUL) can be left via the council’s planning portal.

Image: © VibeTribe IOW

Friday, 16th April, 2021 9:25am


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3 Comments on "Opposition mounting for plans to convert heritage shop for residential use"

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Just as high street shops are coming into their own they wish to destroy a piece of heritage on the Island, how nice it would be for the Candy shop to reopen as a Candy shop – nostalgia does count for something, the kids of today will remember the Candy shop in years to come and the vast selection of jars etc. It is links like these… Read more »
High Street shopping is reaching the end of its natural life. Modern consumers want more convenience that that offered by trudging around dreary shopping streets. That’s why online shopping and out-of-town complexes such as that reported in Newport today are in the ascendancy. To deny this is to be focused on the past, rather than looking towards the future. As High Street retail spaces fall vacant, they… Read more »
Benny C
Let’s think about this a little harder. There are many other uses more relevant to a high street than a residential frontage. PVC doors and cheap conversion will simply make matters worse by confusing visitors. For goodness sake, it’s not difficult. Retail needs to cluster and offer choice. That’s the model, it’s hundreds of years old and it applies as much to Amazon as it does to… Read more »