Plans to restore former post office to living space

PUBLISHED: 10:04 22 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:22 02 June 2010

THE owners of a former post office have applied to convert its shop area into living space. Dr Peter Godbehere of Post Office Cottage in Wisbech Road, Walpole St Andrew, wants to change the use of the post office to incorporate it back into the house. The

THE owners of a former post office have applied to convert its shop area into living space.

Dr Peter Godbehere of Post Office Cottage in Wisbech Road, Walpole St Andrew, wants to change the use of the post office to incorporate it back into the house.

The doctor and his wife had made the same application back in 2006, but it was turned down by West Norfolk Council after officials said it would result in the loss in an important village amenity.

The couple have resubmitted the application, however, after the Post Office confirmed it had no plans to reopen the Walpole St Andrew premises.

In a letter to the council, Wendy Hamilton field change advisor at the Post Office, said of the closure: "In the light of the recent government announcement and the fact no applicants have been forthcoming since the branch closed a year ago this is unlikely to change."

The new application to West Norfolk Council is for the change of use of ground floor from Post Office to residential and conversion of attached barn to residential dwelling.

A design and access statement submitted to the council, said: "The property was marketed in a variety of settings for nearly three years with no success.

"No other expressions of interest have been made for the space for any alternative commercial use.

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