Independent retailer to close imminently ahead of flats plan

Independent furniture retailer Isherwoods Fine Furniture has confirmed it will close with the site set to be converted into flats.

Isherwoods Fine Furniture is based on Bolton Road in Ramsbottom and has been holding a closing down sale ahead of its “imminent closure”.

Detailed in planning documents to Bury Council, applicant Firsmount Ltd is seeking permission to change the of use of the upper floors from commercial to seven residential units and part of the ground floor to create a residential entrance.

The plans state: “The premises have been occupied by a furniture shop with ancillary storage, office and back of house provided on the upper floors. The furniture shop has been closing down since early 2023 and will be vacating the premises imminently.

“The upper floors are already vacant and there is a final ‘close down’ sale happening on the ground floor. The limited degree of change proposed, and the detail and location of these proposals, will ensure that the development will safeguard important features which contribute to the character and appearance of the conservation area.

“On this basis, the proposed external works are considered to have a neutral effect on the character, appearance, and the ability to understand the historic significance of the Ramsbottom Conservation Area and would not be materially harmful to this designated heritage asset.

“The proposed development will improve the overall appearance of the buildings and will enhance the environmental quality and streetscape of the town centre.”

Bury Council is now considering the application.

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