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Pharmacy may have to undo refurbishment work

A SHOP could be forced to reinstate two bays windows after a retrospective planning application was refused.

Lloyds Pharmacy in Bicester was given a revamp late last year and was officially reopened on December 5 by model and presenter Nell McAndrew.

Originally the shop had two timber and glass bay windows, but both were removed and replaced with full-length windows before planning permission was granted.

The Sheep Street shop is not a listed building but is within a conservation area and there are other listed buildings nearby.

The windows were not the building’s original and were in a relatively poor state of repair, the planning report said.

But a Heritage Statement, supplied with the application, said the windows “contribute significantly to the conservation area and are an integral part of the vista down through Sheep Street to the former Kings Head public house”.

In a report, Cherwell District Council’s planning officer Graham Wyatt said: “It is considered that the new shop front, by virtue of its design and use of full height glazing, fails to respect the character and appearance of the historic building and would have a significant detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the area.”

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Lloyds Pharmacy now has six months to appeal against the decision, come up with new plans, or return the windows to their original condition.

A company spokesman said last night it would lodge an appeal.

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11:21pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Myron Blatz says...

Planners getting stressed-out about a chemist's shop? Sounds more like another case of 'bureacratic constipation' than sympathetic conservation - which doesn't seem to have been a particularly important consideration by Bicester's planning department in the past!
Planners getting stressed-out about a chemist's shop? Sounds more like another case of 'bureacratic constipation' than sympathetic conservation - which doesn't seem to have been a particularly important consideration by Bicester's planning department in the past! Myron Blatz
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9:53am Sun 20 Jan 13

Severian says...

This is just typical of Cherwell District Council. They give permission to a massive supermarket and cinema development, allow the Tesco and Iceland frontages on Sheep Street, give permission for a 5000 home "Eco town" without even seeing the plans, yet claim the new chemists is "out of keeping" with the area.

Personally I think the new frontage looks smart and modern and helps bring Bicester into the 21st century.

Our 'planners' really are (expletive deleted)s if they turn down this application.
This is just typical of Cherwell District Council. They give permission to a massive supermarket and cinema development, allow the Tesco and Iceland frontages on Sheep Street, give permission for a 5000 home "Eco town" without even seeing the plans, yet claim the new chemists is "out of keeping" with the area. Personally I think the new frontage looks smart and modern and helps bring Bicester into the 21st century. Our 'planners' really are (expletive deleted)s if they turn down this application. Severian
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6:51pm Sun 20 Jan 13

to ny w says...

Severian wrote:
This is just typical of Cherwell District Council. They give permission to a massive supermarket and cinema development, allow the Tesco and Iceland frontages on Sheep Street, give permission for a 5000 home "Eco town" without even seeing the plans, yet claim the new chemists is "out of keeping" with the area.

Personally I think the new frontage looks smart and modern and helps bring Bicester into the 21st century.

Our 'planners' really are (expletive deleted)s if they turn down this application.
Quite agree, the only vibrant shop in a street dying a slow death.
Well done CDC, p*ss everybody off and drive em all away.
Muppets.
[quote][p][bold]Severian[/bold] wrote: This is just typical of Cherwell District Council. They give permission to a massive supermarket and cinema development, allow the Tesco and Iceland frontages on Sheep Street, give permission for a 5000 home "Eco town" without even seeing the plans, yet claim the new chemists is "out of keeping" with the area. Personally I think the new frontage looks smart and modern and helps bring Bicester into the 21st century. Our 'planners' really are (expletive deleted)s if they turn down this application.[/p][/quote]Quite agree, the only vibrant shop in a street dying a slow death. Well done CDC, p*ss everybody off and drive em all away. Muppets. to ny w
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9:34am Fri 25 Jan 13

steve1955 says...

Did the olanneres ask the people if this has affected their lives or are they just be a buncn of EXPLETIVES they say there are heritage buildings nearby so what about the concrete and glass Sainsburys nearby?
Did the olanneres ask the people if this has affected their lives or are they just be a buncn of EXPLETIVES they say there are heritage buildings nearby so what about the concrete and glass Sainsburys nearby? steve1955
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