Hugh Town Café Can Convert To Residential Accommodation

Nornour Cafe

Nornour Cafe

A café in Hugh Town has been granted permission to convert to residential accommodation.

Assistant Chief Executive Craig Dryden told Monday’s Planning Meeting that a similar application had been granted for Nornour on The Parade in 2008.

He recommended approval again on this occasion.

Owner Liz Heslin says she’s tried to sell the building without success and trying to operate the ground floor café independently would affect the privacy of anyone living above.

Cllr Fran Grittick said she could see no reason why the application should be refused, but expressed her sadness that more business space was being lost in such a small area.

And she questioned a condition of planning, which says the converted building could only be used for residential accommodation and not as a holiday let.

Fran asked whether it was in the Council’s power to impose this on any future owners.

But Craig replied that it was important to retain as much residential property as possible on the islands.

He said any future owner could come back to the Council if they wanted to change the condition.

Cllr Gordon Bilsborough was in favour of granting permission.

He said you can’t force anyone to open a restaurant there if they don’t want to.

Councillors eventually voted to approve the change of use.

Earlier in the meeting when declaring interests, Council Chairman Amanda Martin said she couldn’t comment on the application because she used to live there.

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