PUBLISHED: 08:56 16 April 2019 Simon Parkin Plans have been approved to expand the listed building at 27 Mere Street in Diss. Picture: Simon Parkin Archant Plans have been approved to more than double the size of a shop on the main shopping street in Diss. Impressions of approved plans to expand 27 Mere Street in Diss with two first floor flats. Picture: Keith Day Architects/South Norfolk CouncilThe application to significantly expand the Grade II listed building on Mere Street, as well as adding two first floor flats above, has been given the go-ahead by South Norfolk Council. The former YMCA charity shop and Currys electrical store had been disused before recently being opened as pop-up music instrument shop PJ Music.The plans would expand the 92 sq m size of retail area downstairs to 229 sq m with a large extension into what is currently a car park at the rear. It comes despite the pressures facing high street retailers.In a report prepared by council … [Read more...] about High street shop in Diss to more than double in size
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PUBLISHED: 17:30 11 April 2019 | UPDATED: 17:30 11 April 2019 Mark Boggis Lowestoft Town centre. Archant © 2012 It’s a list that offers a nostalgic trip down memory lane. But an old Lowestoft street directory is also a stark reminder of the trials the High Street has been through, with only a handful of tenants from yesteryear remaining today.Uncovered in town centre store Holgates and believed to date back to the late 1960s, the directory lists shops on one side of the town centre at London Road North – with mentions of roads and premises in between at Surrey Street, The Prairie, Gordon Road, Regent Road and Milton Road – as it runs from 35 to 185 London Road North. The directory excerpt was kept by Carol and Martin Pettit, owners of Holgates, and features a large advert for the menswear shop which they have run in the town centre with their son William and daughter Elizabeth for the past 23 years – but announced its … [Read more...] about Old Lowestoft high street directory reveals extent of change
Video PUBLISHED: 06:00 01 March 2019 Conor Matchett Thetford town centre. Picture: Sonya Duncan ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC © 2009 Like many towns, Thetford’s high street is struggling under the weight of stagnating wages and competition from the internet. Ian Hilton, who runs J Jones Butchers in Thetford. Picture: Conor MatchettFor almost a third of respondents to a survey by this newspaper, the health of the high street is the number one concern for Thetford residents.Half of respondents ranked the issue of the health of the high street as 10 out of 10 in the survey, with many listing a lack of town centre shops and the closure of shops as an problem the town must face. Problems with schemes aimed at opening up the high street such as Kings Square with its broken clock and non-functional fountain, built for £600,000 in 2013, have exacerbated problems and led to anger from residents.Ian Hilton, who runs J Jones’ Family … [Read more...] about Thetford: Another dying high street or a town embracing tech?
PUBLISHED: 15:34 28 February 2019 Simon Parkin Plans have been submitted to expand the listed building at 27 Mere Street in Diss currently occupied by PJ Music. Picture: Simon Parkin Archant Plans have been submitted to more than double the size of a shop in Diss despite the pressures facing high street retailers. Plans would see the retail space at 27 Mere Street in Diss more than double with two first floor flats. Picture: Keith Day Architects/South Norfolk CouncilThe Grade II listed shop on Mere Street would be significantly extended at the rear with an extension into what is currently a car park and two first floor flats would be created under proposals submitted to South Norfolk Council. The former YMCA charity shop and Currys electrical store had been disused before it opened as pop-up music shop PJ Musicn November.The plans would expand the 92 sq m size of retail area downstairs to 229 sq m. Proposals submitted with thre application state: … [Read more...] about Plans to double size of shop despite high street woes
Opinion PUBLISHED: 11:59 29 December 2018 Paul Geater HMV moved to Sailmakers Shopping Centre in February. Picture: KATY SANDALLS Archant Music and film fan Paul Geater reflects on what the threat to the future of HMV could mean to high streets everywhere Virgin Megastore was re-branded as Zavvi, but closed soon afterwards in 2009. Picture Owen Hines 29.1.09It’s not that long ago, well 15-20 years, that the music or entertainment stores were a centrepiece of any self-respecting high street – and there was a great choice of places to find that record or film.In Ipswich we had HMV and the Virgin Megastore in Westgate Street. Andy’s Records had a large unit in the Buttermarket Centre and Rex Records – the “new” name for Parrot Records in Queen Street was still a great place to visit.There was also, of course, Woolworths with its large entertainment section – although it was very much aimed at the commercial … [Read more...] about If we lose HMV, it isn’t a shop or brand that is going – it’s a whole sector of the high street