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An electrical appliances store on King Street could be converted into office space if a planning application is successful.

It is proposed that the existing T.E Roberts retail store is adjusted to District office space for Unite the Union.

The application states that Unite the Union have been searching for suitable premises in a central location for a new District office. The location on King Street has been chosen due to its access for public transport, proximity of support outlets such as snack bars / coffee shops and the stores prominent location in the town.

If the application is successful, the new office space will provide a drop in advice centre for existing and potential Unite the Union members, a training and meeting centre for organised courses and meeting for members of staff; accommodation for union officers, organisers / staff and finally accommodation for associated tenants.

In total it is proposed that 12 people will be working in the office, with a total of 12 car parking spaces provided for the unit.

With regards to the current T.E Roberts retail unit, it it stated in an accompanying Design and Access Statement that: “The business has been contracting over time due to the growth of online shopping and the relocation of the effective shopping centre.”

Within the planning application it states that “Stuart Hughes of Unite the Union has had several discussions with Dave Williams, Chief Planners, who advised that there was no objection in principle to the proposed change of use as the development was outside of core shopping area.”

King Street itself has recently undergone a a £1.5million regeneration, which has seen new pavements, lighting and street decor implemented on the street. For those who have not seen what King Street looks now, you can view some pictures here.