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Plans to retain use of cafe given green light

PUBLISHED: 11:30 27 August 2020

The cafe is to be allowed to stay in Stowmarket Market Place Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

The cafe is to be allowed to stay in Stowmarket Market Place Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

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Proposals to keep a cafe operating at a gift store in Stowmarket to ‘provide a wider offer than just shopping’ have been approved.

Joanne Frogley opened up Langams in Market Place last year after the site was previously used by a florist for around 50 years prior.

The store sold gifts and wares upstairs but also served refreshments on the ground floor, albeit without officially changing the use of the site.

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However, demand for a cafe has increased since opening - prompting the owner to formally change the use of the store.

The planning statement said: “The Covid pandemic has imposed unprecedented pressure on town centres due to the necessity to keep the population safe and there has been a further shift to on-line shopping at a time when High Streets were already in decline.

“It is essential that town centres adapt to the current situation and provide a wider offer than just shopping.”

Mid Suffolk District Council planners have now granted approval to the change of use.

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