New lease of life as Budleigh sorting office sold

PUBLISHED: 06:30 16 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:49 16 January 2017

The old sorting office in Budleigh. Ref exb 02-17TI 5334. Picture: Terry Ife

The old sorting office in Budleigh. Ref exb 02-17TI 5334. Picture: Terry Ife

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It is thought that the building, which used to house the town’s sorting office, in High Street, could be changed after rumours surfaced of the building’s sale.

The Journal understands a number of people have been seen in and around the rear of the property.

This week, the agents handling the sale of the building, Cushman and Wakefield, confirmed the rumour.

However, the agent could not give the name of the new owner and was unable to confirm or deny that it could become a hotel/restaurant.

A spokesman for Cushman and Wakefield said: “It has been sold.”

Speculation has been rife in the town since the sorting office was closed last year.

Royal Mail, which used to own the building, has moved its Budleigh operations to Exmouth.

Budleigh mayor Chris Kitson has welcomed the idea of the building being brought back into use.

He said: “We need to consider what the new owners are going to run and any restaurant/hotel would be subject to licensing approval.

“But it is important to have shops or restaurants up and running rather than having empty buildings.”

If it goes ahead, the conversion at the old sorting office would be the third such project in Budleigh Salterton high street in the last 12 months.

Last year, the former NatWest building on the corner of High Street and Station Road was converted into two new businesses.

On the High Street side, Earls Coffee House opened and the Station Road side is shared between Brook Art Consultants and graphic design company Bright Blue C.

The former Barclays Bank building, also in High Street, was also converted into charity shop Children’s Hospice South West last year.

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