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Plans to turn former Bowers Motorcycles showroom in Bury St Edmunds into two shops and 10 flats

A former motorbike showroom could be turned into two shops and flats if a planning application is successful.

Bowers Motorcycles in Risbygate Street, which closed in August, could house two retail units and 10 flats, but concern has been raised about potential overlooking.

The scheme would see the ground floor of the building remodelled and upper floors converted into flats through rear and roof-top extensions.

The former Bowers motorcycles showroom, in Risbygate Street (5555322)
The former Bowers motorcycles showroom, in Risbygate Street (5555322)

On each of the three residential floors, two flats would have access to a private balcony or terrace.

Externally, the building would be remodelled to better fit into the street scene, while vehicle access would be provided to the rear of the building and 11 parking spaces.

The Bury Society, which is supporting the plans, said: “It demonstrates how, by imaginative design, a redundant building can be redeveloped to blend in with the street scene in a contemporary manner.”

St Edmundsbury borough councillor Paul Hopfensperger, who lives and runs his business nearby, said he had concerns about his garden being directly overlooked by a balcony and potential damage to a historic wall. However if these matters were clarified could support the application as ‘it complies with what we are trying to achieve more of in Risbygate Street – i.e. living above the shop’.

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