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Fire damaged building gets new life as funeral home

Shropshire Council has granted permission to local funeral directors to take over a former heating showroom that was destroyed by a fire, and turn it into a funeral home.

Aubrey Kirkham Funeral Directors will add the former Mullins Heating showroom to its portfolio, to join its stable of branches in Shrewsbury, Welshpool and Four Crosses.

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The premises, which have been vacant since May 2011, will house a reception room and storage facilities and have enough space for three family rooms. 

Original plans for the site to be turned into a convenience store were objected to by locals, who complained that it would cause anti-social behaviour.

Council officer Tim Rogers said: “The proposed change of use will represent a sustainable form of economic development that will also safeguard residential and local amenity.”

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