Planning permission has been approved to convert an office block into 6 separate Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) spanning across each of the 3 floors of the building. Each HMO will consist of 6 bedrooms with their own ensuite bathroom and a shared kitchen and living area.
The site is located at the western end of Macklin Street close to the junction with Abbey Street. The site lies within a sustainable location on the edge of Derby City Centre. Derby Railway station is located 1.4km away.
The property comprises a three storey office building of brick construction, formerly occupied by TSB Bank.
The proposal involves conversion of the office block into 6 separate HMO’s spanning across each of the 3 floors of the building. Each floor will contain 2 separate HMO’s, all of which will consist of 6 single person bedrooms with their own ensuite and a shared kitchen and living area. No external alterations to the building are proposed.
Twenty two apartments were approved by the Council under Class O of the GPDO under application reference 05/18/00662 in June 2018. The change of use was never implemented, and the building has remained vacant. Since the previous application, there has been an update to permitted development legislation that states that all residential conversions must meet national space standards. The proposed development is a significant improvement to the previous scheme where a number of the units would not comply with the new standards.
The internal layout of the proposed development has been designed to meet the requirements set out in the Derby City Council ‘Amenities and Space Standards for Houses in Multiple Occupation’ document.
To the rear of the building, there is currently an area of hardstanding which was previously used as a parking area when the building was in office use. It is proposed to retain 6 parking spaces, with the remainder of the space able to accommodate a bin store, cycle store and outside amenity space for the future occupants.
The building has remained vacant for a number of years. The sustainable nature of the scheme in terms of its effective re-use of a redundant site in a central location and the provision of housing represents an appropriate alternative use which will safeguard the building’s long term viability.
The site is located in a largely mixed residential & commercial area and the development would make full use of the transport network and work opportunities in the area. The proposed conversion would also provide additional custom to the retail outlets within the city centre and provide additional accommodation, making use of the currently vacant space.
In the meantime we have finished our Building Regulations and Construction design and also submitted the tender package.
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