Axminster coffee shop lodges plans to convert unused unit into café

PUBLISHED: 15:15 10 October 2019 | UPDATED: 08:06 11 October 2019

The West Country Higgler wants to convert vacant space into more seating for customers. Picture: Google Maps

The West Country Higgler wants to convert vacant space into more seating for customers. Picture: Google Maps

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An Axminster coffee shop has submitted plans to offer its customers a larger space to sit down and eat.

The West Country Higgler, in South Street, took up space vacated by Little Bits of Lovely, with which it shared a unit.

Little Bits of Lovely left in February this year - relocating to become The Courthouse Makers, in Church Street - and The West Country Higgler has submitted a change of use application to turn the South Street space into a restaurant/café.

A supporting statement fro the application said: "As Axminster is a declining town centre with important shops and banks etc either closed or closing, it is important for us to be able to develop and improve in order to remain a viable business."

The size of the space The West Country Higgler wants to convert is 60 square metres, which comprises a toilet and storage area.

If the application is granted and an increase in turnover happens, the firm expects to employ more staff.

The application will be decided by district planners.

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