DC Casebook: Housing: Conversion - Village shop loss accepted as inevitable

The change of use of a former post office in a Kent village has been permitted after an inspector determined that the continued retail use of the building was unviable.

Part of the ground floor of the grade II listed 17th century property had been used as a post office, with the remainder forming a large dwellinghouse. Royal Mail had relocated the post office in January, rendering the shop vacant. The unit had been advertised for reletting for almost 12 months and a "for sale" board displayed outside, but no expressions of interest had been received.

The inspector decided that the marketing had been adequate and the price sought realistic. No business was operating in the premises, so he agreed that it no longer contributed to vitality or viability. Resumption of a retail use was unlikely to be secured and incorporating the space into the dwelling was not objectionable, he ruled.

DCS Number 100-058-281

Inspector Ron Boyd; Inquiry

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