Bromsgrove High Street stores redevelopment has given the green light
PLANS for the redevelopment of two stores on Bromsgrove High Street have received the green light from council planners.
At a planning meeting on December 6, councilors approved proposals to turn the former Dorothy Perkins / Burton as well as M & Co on the High Street into apartments and shops.
The space is expected to be transformed into eight small commercial units and nine apartments on the first and second floors.
M & Co will be subdivided while the size of Dorothy Perkins / Burton will be reduced to create an interior courtyard where additional units will be formed.
Currently, access to the two retail units is from Bromsgrove High Street, with the ground floor of each used as a sales area and the first floor of each unit as a mix of other retail businesses, stores and auxiliary housing.
The apartments, which include six one-bedroom apartments and three two-bedroom apartments, will be set around the open courtyard which is to be accessed via Market Street.
The applicant, Mr. John Lawson of Finepoint Limited, made significant changes to the design of the plans after discussion with several consulted people.
Originally, the request was for permission to transform the buildings into 17 apartments and four commercial units.
The design and heritage statement indicates that the change of plans will allow some flexibility.
The document states, “The changes will add a new dimension to the downtown Bromsgrove shopping area, adding smaller retail units for start-ups, but also allowing flexibility in the layout for form larger units.
“The reduction in the density of residential units will also benefit those residing in the development. ”
The current goods park at the rear of the site is to be transformed into an additional leisure area housing garbage stores and covered bicycles.
Councilors approved the condition that no apartment should be inhabited until secure bicycle parking is installed.