12 new apartments planned for Walsall town centre

By Gurdip Thandi | Walsall | News | Published:

Planners are set to give the green light to plans to create 12 apartments in three Walsall town centre buildings.

The disused building in Freer Street, Walsall, is set to be converted into apartments. PIC: Google Street View

Walsall Council’s planning committee will meet and discuss the application by Brian Trubshaw at a meeting on Thursday.

The development would see the redevelopment of an empty retail unit on Freer Street into seven flats, while a warehouse connected to the property will be demolished and replaced with a two storey building featuring two apartments.

To complete the plan, the first floor of a property on the adjoining Bridge Street will be converted into three apartments.

The existing buildings fall within the Bridge Street Conservation Area and the developer says only a small amount of work will be carried out to the outside of the Freer Street property.

Officers are recommending members of the committee delegate the decision of granting permission for the scheme to them so they can ensure conditions including providing open space are met.

In the application to the authority, the developer’s agents Paul Clifton Associates said: “The scheme if approved would bring back into use these attractive and important buildings.

“The buildings make a positive contribution to the Conservation Area and the application should be strongly supported.”

A report to committee said: “The proposal would preserve the character and appearance of the Conservation Area and would not have an adverse impact upon the visual amenities of the area.

“The proposal would not impact up adjoining occupiers and ground conditions and drainage can be address by conditions.

“The development would not give rise to conditions prejudicial to highway safety. Sufficient residential amenity would be provided for potential occupiers and the amenity of nearby residents would not be affected.”

Gurdip Thandi

By Gurdip Thandi

Local Democracy Reporter covering Walsall.

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