Conversion of ex-York Post Office approved

THE former post office in Acomb can be converted into a beauty salon.

City of York Council planners have approved the move at 65 Front Street.

A council report notes that the property is in the Acomb Conservation Area and no external changes to the building are proposed.

It said: “While not a traditional city center use, the proposed beauty parlor is considered compatible and complementary to retail offerings as it would encourage visitors to Acomb and thereby help maintain the vitality and liveability of the city centre. The proposal is therefore acceptable in terms of land use, barring other material planning considerations.”

It also said: “The floor plans show one treatment room and the application form indicates that the proposal will create 1 full-time and 2 part-time jobs.”

The post office was closed last September when longtime postmaster Anand Patel resigned after eight years.

The service then moved to a supermarket in Acomb.

“The proposal therefore does not lead to the loss of that use, which can be considered a significant impact in terms of the loss of services to the community,” the report added.

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