Homes plan for offices agreed
Derelict offices in a “run-down” part of Walsall town centre will be converted into two homes of multiple occupation in a bid to boost the area.
Walsall Council planners have given the thumbs up to a proposal submitted by Isteni Property Holdings Limited to convert an empty property in Vicarage Place into residential accommodation.
The existing building was previously used as offices but will now be converted into two homes boasting eight bedrooms each and to be occupied by eight different people.
Applicants said the plan will not only bring the unused building back into use but could also be the catalyst to transform the whole area and boost the town centre.
Agents Arni Architects Ltd said: “The site is within a currently run-down area and redevelopment and reuse of the building will enhance and revitalise the area and encourage other neighbouring building owners to refurbish and redevelop thus enhancing the area further.
“If an area looks inviting and people want to live there, it will become a safe, welcoming place and should reduce crime levels.
“In order to achieve a safe welcoming area, redevelopments should be of a high-quality living environment where people will choose to live.
“Residential uses should support the centres retail, commercial and leisure functions – residents may wish to make use of local amenities such as bars or restaurants, bringing a need to redevelop neighbouring premises.”
They added: “With the site being in the town centre area, residents will be encouraged to use public transport and any need for car parking can be accommodated within the car parks which are within a short walking distance of the site.
“There is a railway station located within the town centre for travel further afield.
“The rooms will be marketed to professional people, and they will be encouraged to integrate with the local area and make use of local and town centre amenities.
“Homes within the town centre can complement the vitality and viability of the centre, making it a safe welcoming and lively place.”
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