Shops and nine flats lined up for vacated Barclays site
Plans submitted by Thames House Property following speculation over fate of building
THE former Barclays Bank building in Shepperton is to be turned into homes and shops, bringing to an end more than two years of uncertainty.
Plans for the High Street building have been submitted by Thames House Property to Spelthorne’s planning department for a change of use from offices and bank, to commercial units at ground level.
The application seeks planning permission for residential flats above the business units plus a new second floor built with balconies, and a ground floor extension.
There would be eight onebed flats, and one with two bedrooms.
The bank, which is between the library and village hall, closed in September 2014 after 86 years in the High Street. Customers were told the news at the end of August that year via letters, with the bank stating that not enough people were using the branch.
The fate of the building has been much discussed over the years, with speculation about a restaurant, doctors’ surgery, a supermarket and even a branch of Ikea.
Back in March last year, a sign even appeared on the front of the building advertising that Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s would soon be setting up shop, although it was later revealed by the company to be a fake.
Jo Hornsby, chairman of Shepperton and District Business Community, is keen to see the site used, as long as the new commercial tenants are the right fit for the street.
“It’s horrible to see it empty, especially as it’s such a prominent building,” said Mrs Hornsby, who runs Daisy Chain florists with her mum Wendy Thomson. “It’s nice to see the shops full, rather than boarded up.
“It would be good to see
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something move in that we haven’t already got in the High Street.
“There’s enough charity shops and it would be nice to have something to bring people into Shepperton.
“We are truly a ‘shop local’ area and want to keep the high street alive. Something like a nice Italian deli could be good.
“For the flats, as long as they are done nicely and properly then it will be good for the centre.”
Richard Hewitt, chairman of Shepperton Residents’ Association, said the recent plans he had seen looked ‘a bit overpowering’ for the site.
“They are looking to put more flats at the back of the building,” he said. “Some of the studio flats look very small and the building looks a bit overbearing.
“It will be interesting to see what type of retail is going to go in there too. We have got Budgens opposite, Co-op nearby and M&S too.
“You could argue that there’s enough food shops. There’s also a ladies dress shop and a lot of charity shops, but there’s not many clothing shops for men.
“All the shops are finding it a bit difficulties at the moment and footfall seems to be suffering.”
There has been much speculation since Barclays Bank vacated its Shepperton site in September 2014 after 86 years .