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Historic city centre building to be revamped

Plans to revamp a dilapidated shop near Gloucester Cathedral have been approved.

The former Ernest Jones shop in Northgate Street will be given a makeover after sitting empty since the jewellery chain shut its doors.

Property owner Laurence Weisz & INC Ltd has been granted permission by the council to make alterations to the Grade II listed building.

It said the alterations will bring it in line with its neighbouring properties and make it more in-keeping with its listed building status.

Changes include a new painted timber door with a fanlight and repairs and redecoration of the shop front to bring back some of its historic charm with architectural features such as painted timber stall risers, plinths, pilasters and transoms.

The dilapidated suspended ceiling will be restored and the walls and floors refreshed.

The metal security shutters on the door and windows will be retained.

The building at No 6 sits within the City Centre

Conservation Area and is one third of a trio of 18th Century townhouses in Northgate Street, one of the four original Roman streets in Gloucester.

The plans by Avison Young on behalf of the applicant said: "The area is characterised by infill retail units built in the late 20th century, many of which are in styles inconsistent with the remaining historic buildings because of development attempting to bring modernity to the city, razing many historic buildings to the ground.

"Hence the street has a patchwork presentation of high quality medieval and Georgian buildings all with ground floor retail or hospitality areas, mixed with 20th century purpose-built retail."

The council's conservation officer said the scheme "omits opportunities to enhance the listed building" but would not cause harm to it and so approval was recommended.

The plans 23/00652/FUL were approved on November 7.

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