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Walsall flats plan for offices in ‘disrepair’

Offices falling into disrepair could be converted into flats to stop it harming a historic neighbouring Willenhall building.

Dale House

A proposal has been put forward for the empty 1950s building which sits behind the Grade II listed Dale House on Bilston Street, which currently houses the Indian restaurant Roti Pani.

The applicant, listed as Mr Gill, wants to refurbish the building and create four one-bedroom apartments – changes which the developer says will help regenerate the area.

Walsall Council planning officers are expected to make a decision on the proposal next month.

Agent Thorne Architecture said: “Dale House is a grade II listed building in Willenhall Conservation Area and a designated heritage asset.

“There is an existing 1950’s two-storey flat roof building between the side of Dale House and the adjacent Malt House Public House/ former Dale Cinema.

“Dale House makes a positive contribution to Willenhall Conservation Area and positively contributes to the historic townscape along this section of Bilston Street.

“The two storey built development to the north of Dale House and is considered subservient to Dale House and does not compete with Dale House.

“The existing 1950’s built development to the rear and side of Dale House has resulted in some harm to the significance of Dale House.

“Dale house is currently used as an Indian restaurant with adjacent redundant office block, the site has a large car park shared between the restaurant and offices.

“The application proposals seek to retain the existing subservient extensions and carry out a full refurbishment as they are currently disused offices falling in to disrepair.

“The proposals are to convert these offices to residential accommodation and help regenerate this part of the town to provide four one bedroom flats.

“The regeneration and internal refurbishment of this former office block will ensure the adjoining listed building will be preserved for many years to come whilst providing accommodation for local people.

“The surrounding area and listed building will not be adversely affected by these alterations.”