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Town Council Opposes Plan To Turn Shaftesbury Shop Into Home

The owner of a Shaftesbury women’s clothing store wants to transform her business into a home.

Vanessa Cole would like to live at 9 Salisbury Street. The property currently houses Cole & Co Boutique.

Cole & Co Boutique

In her planning application, Ms Cole says that the proposed changes are small and will enhance the Grade II listed property. Vanessa says she understands that there could be resistance to the loss of retail space, but Salisbury Street is predominantly residential. She says Brexit and COVID-19 have proved problematic for the retail sector and she’s concentrating on her online business.

Councillors opposed the requested change by three votes to two. Listen to our report to hear their arguments for and against supporting the application. Dorset Council will have the final say.

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