Backed! Empty Ottery shop can become osteopathy and physio clinic

A bid to turn a vacant shop in Ottery St Mary into an osteopathy and physiotherapy clinic has been backed.  

District council planning chiefs approved proposals for 9 Jesu Street – formerly an angling outlet – as scheme will ‘enhance’ the range of businesses in the town centre.

Applicant Oliver Wakefield, of Exeter, asked for a change-of-use so the premises can be revamped to include two treatment rooms and a waiting area.

An artist's impression from the planning application of how the front of the Jesu Street osteopathy and physiotherapy clinic will look. Image: Oliver Wakefield

An artist’s impression from the planning application of how the front of the Jesu Street osteopathy and physiotherapy clinic will look. Image: Oliver Wakefield

Massage and sports therapy will also be offered on certain days.

The application detailed how Osteo and Physio, which has had a treatment room at the Silver Otter Café for the past year, is looking to grow into a bigger premises.

Plans say the new clinic could treat 15-30 clients a day and attract customers to the town from Axminster, Exmouth and Sidmouth.

The proposals stated: “By taking over a shop that has been empty for some time, in a high street which is seeing new closures each month, we feel that we can bring new life into the area and community.

“Our clients travel from surrounding towns and villages, bringing much-needed footfall to the streets of Ottery St Mary.”

Jesu Street in Ottery St Mary. Picture: Google Maps

Jesu Street in Ottery St Mary. Picture: Google Maps

Mr Wakefield said in the application that the clinic would sell certain equipment such as orthotic inserts and fitness bands.

He added; “We have already established a good connection with some of the local GPs and are beginning to gain a good reputation and position in the community.”

Six part-time jobs would be created and the clinic’s proposed opening hours are 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 6pm on Saturdays.

Granting the application planning permission under delegated powers, and East Devon District Council officer said: “The re-use of the shop for business purposes is welcomed and would enhance the range of businesses within the town centre without detracting from its retail function.”

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