A SWANAGE shop could be converted to a house if plans are approved, as one of the owners suffered illness.
An application has been submitted to Dorset Council laying out plans to convert Ballard Down Stores, at 10 Redcliffe Road, into a residential dwelling.
The application, on behalf of Mr and Mrs Harris, said: “The building was originally built as a house, with a shop downstairs, so the owners could run the shop and live upstairs.
“The upstairs comprises three bedrooms and a lounge and has been in residential use since construction.
“The downstairs comprises the kitchen (the only one in the building) together with the retail element; a small shop and a store room.”
It said the shop has been ‘making a loss for some considerable time’, operated by the two owners, one of whom had become ‘very seriously ill’.
“While the owners have been tyring to sell the shop over the last 11 months, without success, this illness has meant the shop will have to close, and this will happen in the coming weeks,” the application said.
If converted into a house, changes would be made to the front of the building, although two parking spaces would remain, the application added, with a garden behind the garage remaining.
“On the south elevation (the front) on the ground floor, there will be a new front door, a new back door to a utility area and new large windows/bifold doors in what used to be the shop,” it said.
For more details, and to comment on the plan, log on to www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk and search for application reference P/FUL/2023/02281.