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Development plan for old post office

THE Old Post Office in the centre of Whittlesey looks set for a new life as apartments.

THE Old Post Office in the centre of Whittlesey looks set for a new life as apartments.The Grade-II star listed building in Market Place was used by Royal Mail for 85 years until it was closed in 1998.

Originally built as a family home in the early 18th century, the building has been empty since it was vacated by Royal Mail. Now developer The Whitfield Group wants to transform the first and second floors into apartments, and build another seven terraced homes at the rear of the property.

English Heritage has raised fears that the development would be at odds with the surroundings as terraced homes would be constructed next door to Whittlesey’s medieval church.

Opponents have written to Fenland District Council complaining that the scheme is an overdevelopment of the site.

But a report by the developer, that will be presented to the authority’s planning committee tomorrow, said: “It will enhance the character of the conservation area and will respect the setting of adjacent listed buildings. It would not compete with the prominence of surrounding buildings and will blend well with the character of the area.”

Council officers want the plans to be approved, but members of the planning committee will make a final decision at tomorrow’s meeting.

 

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