Whitchurch may have a new town centre business if a recently submitted planning application is approved. The Old Royal Mail Sorting Office has been vacant since it closed in May 2009 and this application could bring new life to the building. The premises are owned by property company Trillion who are seeking to lease it out.

The old Sorting Office

Wine merchants make application
Haynes Hanson and Clark, the Cotswold wine merchants, have applied to Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council to use the old Sorting Office in Church Street as a distribution depot as well as incorporating a small retail outlet selling quality wines.
The independent company, based in Stow-on-the-Wold, also has a shop and offices in Chelsea Green in London and imports from throughout the world.

Distribution depot
The plans submitted do not show substantial changes to the building. There will be a new goods entrance for fork lift trucks and pallets at the rear, which is where the main storage and distribution area will be. All vehicles that carry out the distribution are to be Transit type vans and there are expected to be 10 to 15 vehicle movements per day, with double that on Saturdays.

Shop will be on left, distribution area to right.

New Shop
The small retail outlet is planned to have access from the existing yard so that the front of the building facing on to Church Street will remain largely unaltered. It is expected that the business will employ 4-5 staff who will mainly be dealing with the distribution. Three car park spaces will be available for customers and the plans show parking for 4 cycles.

The present flat on the first floor will remain and is not part of the application.

Plans are for new cycle parking and customer car spaces.

Full details
Details of the application are at BDB 75030 and of course comments are sought.

Details of Haynes Hanson & Clark are HERE.

The Whitchurch Sorting Office closed on 5th May 2009, after a hard fought campaign by local residents to keep it.
Details are HERE.

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