Halstead: Ex-hairdressers could become tearoom

Halstead Gazette: The empty shop in Halstead High Street The empty shop in Halstead High Street

A former hairdressers could be converted into a vintage tearoom if plans are approved.

Mechanical engineer Michael Lamb, of Hall Road, Panfield, is hoping to turn an empty shop, which used to house Flame Hairdressers, into an "olde-worlde" tearoom, serving traditional teas, coffees, cakes and sandwiches.

He said: "This is a Grade II listed building which is a couple of hundred years old so it's taken a while to get going but Braintree Council has put the planning notices up for the next 21 days so it seems to be moving along now.

"We are hoping and planning to open The Quinteassential Tea Shop in the new year."

Two previous applications to change the shop, which has been empty since February, into a fast food restaurant were refused.

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