Homes plan for historic flour mill building in Tipton
An historic Black Country building could be turned into homes if councillors agree plans next week.
Developers are seeking to convert and extend the Tipton and Unionist Conservative Club – which started life as a flour mill in 1840 – into 14 apartments.
The building on Union Street has stood empty for the past three years but the plans would convert it into seven one-bedroom properties and seven two-bedroom properties.
After becoming a social club in 1909 it has played host to meetings featuring leading national members of the Conservative Party before closing its doors in 2005.
The application is being supported by the Tipton Civic Society as a positive re-use of a significant local building while allowing the opportunity to restore some of its original features.
The submitted plans propose a combination of single, two-storey and three-storey additions and balconies on its elevations facing a conservation area and a total of 18 parking spaces
There have been four objections to the proposals citing loss of privacy, increased noise from vehicles, parking problems and its historical and architectural interest.
Planning officers are recommending Sandwell councillors approve the plans at their meeting on April 10.
By George Makin, Local Democracy Reporter
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