Former village library set for housing conversion

PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 July 2017

Butstone House, in Church Street, which used to be a library. Picture: Google

Butstone House, in Church Street, which used to be a library. Picture: Google


A prominent building in Banwell which was home to a library, hairdressers and dog grooming salon could be converted to residential accommodation.

Butstone House, in Church Street, is a three-storey building with a retail unit on the ground floor.

The building was the village library until 2000, and was home to a hair salon until 2003 – but the building has been vacant for long periods since, with no tenants since 2011.

Mr M Barbeary has applied to North Somerset Council to change the use of the building to housing.

The applicant’s planning statement said: “The premises have been advertised for rent on a board on the front of the shop and by notices in the window during periods of vacancy.

“The shop has been empty for the last six years during which time there have been some enquiries, but no lettings.

“The proposed change of use represents a more constructive use of this unit, which is currently not in use.”

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