The change in use of a Fenland guesthouse, offered for sale five years ago at Â£ 850,000 but more recently at Â£ 400,000, has been cleared into a veterinary practice.
The King William IV in High Street in March secured the change of use from Fenland District Council to allow Chatteris’s Triovet Veterinary Practice to open there.
This will be the second time that a former pub has become a veterinary practice – in 2016 the board agreed to have Aliwal’s hero – named after Sir Harry Smith and his role in the Battle of Aliwal in India – converted in the same way.
Fenland Council planners noted that “local and national governments recognize that the COVID pandemic has altered demand for some businesses.”
They felt that “a pragmatic approach should be taken to help businesses and owners adjust financially.”
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The King William has been a guest house since 2014.
Triviot told the board the expansion would mean the creation of eight new full-time and two part-time workers.
The opening hours are 8 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday; from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Practice says that it is only on certain occasions that it will open outside of these hours to deal with an emergency.
In its decision, the council states: âIt should be noted that the presence of other veterinary practices in the city and any economic impact the proposal may have on these businesses are not a physical planning consideration. ”
Council also indicates that since no exterior modifications are proposed to the building beyond the proposed rendering of the one-story side extension, the building will retain its character.
“This will therefore remain a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the conservation area and will not impact the setting or significance of the listed buildings opposite,” the council said.
The pub was built at the start of the 20th century and is located in the conservation area.
The proposal includes kennels for the animals to stay overnight if they are recovering from treatment / operation.
âAs such, the noise generated is unlikely to be significant or to exceed a residential property with pets,â the council said.