Historic apart­ments could be new flats

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

LAND­LORD ac­com­mo­da­tion at a for­mer historic Hinck­ley pub premises could be brought back into use as apart­ments.

There are pro­pos­als to con­vert the first floor liv­ing quar­ters above the old Bar­ley Sheaf inn, now suc­cess­ful In­dian restau­rant Silchar, into two flats.

The plans, sub­mit­ted to Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil, also in­clude in­stalling a new stair­case to the sec­ond floor which has long since been un­used and ac­ces­si­ble only through a loft hatch. This space will be trans­formed into a two bed apart­ment.

With lit­tle out­side space, no al­lo­cated car park­ing would be avail­able to the prop­er­ties but the ap­pli­cants sug­gest res­i­dents could use coun­cil-run car parks ei­ther to the front or rear of the build­ing on Lower Bond Street.

The scheme in­volves lit- tle al­ter­ation to the build­ing - con­sid­ered of his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance by the bor­ough coun­cil.

Changes to the first and sec­ond floor re­late to the re­moval of par­ti­tion walls and two chim­ney breasts - the fire­places from which have al­ready been taken out.

The build­ing dates from the early 17th cen­tury. Used as a pub­lic house, The Bar­ley Sheaf closed in 2006 be­fore be­ing re­opened in 2015 as Silchar In­dian restau­rant.

Ad­ja­cent to the for­mer Atkins’ fac­tory, it is sup­posed to have the old­est vaults in town, dat­ing back to the 1600s. It is thought the pub was once also known as The Bar­ley Mow.

The ap­pli­ca­tion fol­lows a clutch of sim­i­lar schemes to turn un­used of­fice space above shops and busi­nesses in Hinck­ley town cen­tre into res­i­den­tial ac­com­mo­da­tion.

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