Bid to make former Jessops unit more attractive to new tenant

Former Jessops shop in Aylesbury High Street
Former Jessops shop in Aylesbury High Street
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The former Jessops shop in Aylesbury High Street could be set for a makeover to help attract a new business into the unit.

A planning application has been submitted to Aylesbury Vale District Council to remove the existing entrance lobby and create an ‘unbroken glazed frontage’.

The agent for the proposed development, Leigh Jeffs, said the aim is to make the empty unit more attractive to potential tenants.

However, the plan has drawn criticism from the Aylesbury Society.

Responding to the application on behalf of the society, honorary secretary Roger King wrote: “The design of the frontage and the materials used have no regard for the area in which the building sits or the nearby conservation area and listed buildings.”

The society is also objecting because it believes the plan goes against the district council’s guide on shop fronts.

Mr King said: “The original shop front blended with the building, whereas the new bland glass frontage does not, and certainly will not rejuvenate that part of the high street.”

The site has been empty since Jessops closed in January after it went into administration.