Last business at former parade of shops in Hove could go as owner applies to change convenience store to housing

A convenience store owner has applied to convert his ground floor premises into a one-bedroom flat.

Margery Road Stores, in Old Shoreham Road, Hove, is the last business still operating in what was once a parade of shops, now all turned into housing.

The business owner, Cesar Zarate, said in his planning application: “The current shop has limited passing trade due to the location and is financially unviable. Alternative uses are also unviable. Full shopping alternatives are available within 500 metres in Boundary Road and Carlton Terrace.”

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The shop is at the top Margery Road, but faces onto Old Shoreham Road. Mr Zarate said that a change of use – from shop to housing – would reduce illegal parking on the pavement and double yellow lines.

The owner of Margery Road Stores in Hove wants to change the shop into a flat

As well as seeking permission for a change of use, the planning application proposes a number of physical changes to the premises.

These include the removal of the shopfront, facias and signs and replacing them with render infills and a brick wall. The shop’s air conditioning units would also be removed.

To view the planning application and to comment, visit the planning pages on the Brighton and Hove City Council website and search for BH2022/01356.

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