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Neptune Home gains support for 'eyesore' conversion

Solar HouseFurniture chain and supplier Neptune Home has received support for its plans to turn an ‘eyesore’ into a new showroom.

The retailer want to convert Solar House on the outskirts of Chesham, Buckinghamshire into a store and has received backing from local groups, residents and councilors.
‘The commitment by Neptune to Solar House will offer significant improvement to the townscape, at an important gateway to the town. It’ll also give their customers the opportunity to shop in Chesham, taking the chance to look around a town they might not have visited before’, says its planning application to Chiltern District Council.
The building has been empty for three years and KFC withdrew a previous application to demolish it and build a drive through restaurant after local opposition.
Merrin Molesworth, Chiltern Society area coordinator told the council: ‘We welcome and support this application. A furniture showroom is an ideal use for the site and the design will enhance Chesham and its own location. On-site parking will obviate any congestion, and the nature of the business means few deliveries or other traffic disruption.
"It may bring valuable footfall to the town centre because customers may wander to Market Square or the high street. The proposal will improve the visual approach to the town from Amersham and the M40. We urge approval.’
‘I feel this will enhance the entrance to the town as the building in its present form is an eyesore. This is a high end furniture store and if approved would encourage other restaurants and shops to set-up business in Chesham’, said resident Claire Lapperton.
Noel Brown, Chesham Town Council development control committee chairman said: ‘It’s an interesting development and it’ll be a much improved view coming into the town centre for a start.’
Sales agent Stupples Chandler Garvey is advertising the freehold of the 5,698 building, which has parking for 20 cars, at offers in the region of £595,000.
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