Former eye centre to change into bakery?

By The Post in Local People

PEOPLE in Bude could expect to see a new take away bakery shop in the town, if proposals to change the use of the former Bude Eye Centre are approved by Cornwall Council.

The planning application was brought to the attention of councillors at the most recent Bude-Stratton planning committee meeting on the morning of Thursday, March 2, to change the use of the former Bude Eye Centre into a take away bakery shop, which would be situated at 13 Queen Street, Bude.

The premises was formerly a butchers before becoming an eye centre.

The applicant currently runs the Polmorla Pasties company, located at the Kings Hill Industrial Estate in Bude.

Chairman of the committee, Cllr Lee Bartrop, told the meeting: “Our job, as a committee, is to manage the development of the town centre.”

Cllr Bob Willingham added: “In the town, shops come and go — some get turned into residential areas, apartments and other businesses. The ability to move around is something the economy needs.”

Cllr Lea Deely said: “There’s now three empty shops in Queen Street. At the moment, where do you see people fighting to take over shops?”

However, it was evident that councillors saw the proposal as a positive prospect for the town, and Cllr Willingham proposed no objections to the plans. All were in favour.

The final decision will be made by Cornwall Council.

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