Former toy shop possibly becoming tattoo parlour

Mason Moore and Vaughan Moore | 26 December 2020

PERMISSION has been granted to transform a former toy shop based on Regent Street in Hinckley town centre into a tattoo parlour.

A tattoo artist in the parlour (Unsplash)

Planning permission was granted two days ago (24 December) to change the use class from retail to a tattoo parlour, so that residents will be able to get ‘inked up’ inside.

The shop unit, formerly home to independent children’s toy retailer, Hubbard’s Toy Cupboard, has been sitting empty since mid-October 2020 due to their unfortunate closure after the town centre trade was affected by the coronavirus pandemic on stores in town.

If the plans do go ahead, this would see the tattoo parlour become the newest occupant to take the space on since Hubbard’s closure.

On 14 October, just five days after Hubbard’s closed on 9 October the same month, the application for the new use was submitted to the Borough Council.

One wireless tattoo machine would be used inside of the shop and no changes would be made to existing alternations.

In addition to this, there would be no changes for either access or parking arrangements.

Regent Street is only home to one other tattoo parlour in the town – ‘Tek Tattoo’, owned by Hinckley tattoo artist Wojciech Taczala, best known to others as ‘Tek’.

As of this writing, it is not currently known who the new occupant is, or when they will move into the unit, but we will keep you updated as further information becomes available.

In the Borough Council decision documents regarding the usage change, the permission letter granting the change of use reads as follows: “In pursuance of its powers under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council grants permission for the carrying out of the development referred to in Part I hereof in accordance with the application form and plans submitted.”

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