Toni & Guy Hairdressers applied in 2012 to extend the ground floor shop-space into the covered archway to the front of this listed property in the High Street, resulting in the enclosure of the arcade. The Society objected: in our opinion this proposed change to the historic 1843 Market House is inappropriate, and an intrusion onto open space which has for many years now been regarded as public access. Click here for the letter.
The application was withdrawn in August 2012, but resubmitted. Permission was refused but was granted in November 2014 after appeal. The important issue of right of way was not considered at appeal as being outside its remit. Work has yet to start. We will continue to monitor the situation, especially the matter of establishing a right of way.