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Coffee shop will be jewel in the Crown

An application from Brickmort Developments proposing a change of use to the building adjoining Crown House has been approved.

Yesterday (Thursday) Cherwell District Council's planning committee approved a proposal to increase occupancy at Crown House through the conversion of an existing building to form four new self-contained apartments along with a new town centre coffee shop.

The mock Tudor building which adjoins Crown House will be the location for this latest development. A combination of one-bed, two-bed and studio apartments will form the residential aspect of the proposal, with part of the ground floor set to become the new coffee shop.

Cllr Colin Clarke, Cherwell's lead member for planning, said: "This application is the latest in a series of approved proposals that set out to regenerate Crown House and reinvigorate the town centre. The redevelopment of the site will go a long way to not only addressing the issue of the external appearance of this forgotten building, but also providing much needed housing opportunities  to the district's residents.

"Housing options will be provided to residents, and neighbouring businesses and shoppers will see this neglected building finally getting the attention it deserves. Residents and visitors to the area will also have one more coffee shop to choose from during their trips into the town centre"

This latest proposal will contribute towards the regeneration of the site. The building, which is in the centre of Banbury, has remained vacant for a significant period of time.

Approval was granted back in 2016 for the main building to be converted into 37 apartments, with an additional proposal for another 10 apartments by means of an extension  approved in May 2017.

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