A listed building on one of the nation's finest Georgian streets is set to be turned into flats despite an outcry from neighbours.

Fenland Council agreed plans to convert the Grade II listed property on the North Brink at Wisbech despite a slew of objections.

A report by the council's conservation officer, which said the proposals should be refused, said the building was of "considerable" historical and architectural interest.

It added converting it into seven flats would cause "significant harm".

Number 6, North Brink, was built in the late 18th century as part of a grand terrace stretching along the Nene, described as "one of the finest pieces of Georgian street architecture in the country".

Wisbech Standard: Part of the Georgian street scene on the North Brink at WisbechPart of the Georgian street scene on the North Brink at Wisbech (Image: Matthew Usher)

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The building, close to Peckover House, is currently used as a chiropractic surgery and beauty treatment rooms, with flats above.

Stuart Deadman applied to convert the building into seven flats, saying the development would be sympathetic to the building and provide much-needed homes.

But a planning officer's report said 17 objections were received to the planning  application, along with a further 23 opposing a listed building application for internal alterations.

Adrian Johnson, who lives nearby, said: "No 6 is a listed Grade II Georgian building which in theory means it must be protected both internally and externally.

"Breaking up the building into separate units will inevitably have a damaging effect on the interior of this listed building."

Ian McDermott said: "I feel that the significance of this fine example of Georgian architecture should be protected and not be allowed to be converted into a HMO [house of multiple occupation]."

Stephen Ward said: "The proposal would not be suitable for a listed building in such a historic area of beautiful Georgian architecture."

Patricianne Jones added: "This is not an appropriate use for a Grade II listed Georgian building."

The planning officer's report concluded: "There would be no policy basis to withhold consent, noting the absence of significant harm arising by virtue of the proposals."