Bid to bring empty shoe shop back into use as homes

FLASHBACK: The store at the time of Kenneth Lee's retirement in 2014 Picture: James Bass

FLASHBACK: The store at the time of Kenneth Lee's retirement in 2014 Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

A former shoe shop in a once busy shopping hub is looking to convert into two homes.

FLASHBACK: A notice pinned up in Kenneth Lee's shoe shop just before he retired Picture: James Bass

FLASHBACK: A notice pinned up in Kenneth Lee's shoe shop just before he retired Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

The reboot at Kenley’s in Bells Road, Gorleston, will see the shop, empty since it shut in 2014, remodelled and extended.

Planning permission for flats was granted in 2016 but the new application proposes a house at the front and another at the back.

It will mean adding a two-storey, flat-roof extension but the impact on neighbours is said to be minimal and little different to what was being put forward before.

For some 50 years sole trader Kenneth Lee sold shoes the old-fashioned way in the days when footwear was made to last and mended many times before being thrown away.

FLASHBACK: Kenneth Lee sold shoes and slippers to the people of Gorleston for some 50 years Picture

FLASHBACK: Kenneth Lee sold shoes and slippers to the people of Gorleston for some 50 years Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

He stepped into retirement in 2014, one of the last independent traders of his era, still selling styles that had been in stock so long they had come back in fashion.


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Papers supporting the plans say Bells Road was “once a healthy commercial hub” which was now “predominantly residential.”

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FLASHBACK: Kenneth Lee could turn his hand to anything shoe related after 50 years in the business

FLASHBACK: Kenneth Lee could turn his hand to anything shoe related after 50 years in the business Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

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