PLANS submitted to Tameside Council to turn a former Mossley pet shop into two one-bedroomed flats have been withdrawn.Woof Stuff, Mossley’s only pet supplies shop, closed in May 2019 following the retirement of husband and wife Philip and Gina Holland.
The building on Stockport Road has been empty for more than 12 months which prompted Ronald Bower, of Mary Street, Droylsden, to make an application for change of use from business premises to a dwelling.
The application was brought before the last meeting of Mossley Town Council for discussion before councillors were made aware the application had been withdrawn.
Cllr Jack Homer described the loss of commercial space in the town centre as “regrettable”.
The question was raised whether the further erosion of shop frontage in the town centre was undermining Mossley.
But it was remarked the building, which is opposite the Butchers Arms, is in a poor condition so would benefit from renovations.
Cllr Stephen Homer added a precedent had been set with permission previously granted for a former hairdresser’s on Lees Road to be turned into flats.
If there is a change of use, it will signify the end of an era for the shop which still has its original Victorian frontage.
Philip had previously delved into the history and found out it had previously sold shoes, toys, antiques, fish and chips, motor bikes and bicycles.