Nottingham Post

Plans submitted to turn floors above closed shop into four flats


PLANS have been submitted for new apartments to be created above a shop on Bridlesmit­h Gate.

The city centre street has been going through a renaissanc­e in the past few years with a large amount of regenerati­on taking place.

If approved, the new apartments would be built above the former Jack Wills shop, which closed in January last year after the business struggled to recover after the pandemic.

Plans submitted to Nottingham City Council by applicant Tempophase Ltd request permission to change the use of the listed building to create four flats across the second and third-floor levels.

Three of these apartments would be one bedroom, and one would have two bedrooms. The shop unit in the Grade Ii-listed building still remains empty, and signs suggest it is still available to let.

The entrance to the flats will be via an existing staircase and any alteration­s will have little impact on the building as a heritage asset, according to the planning and heritage statement submitted as part of the applicatio­n.

Regarding the wider regenerati­on of Bridlesmit­h Gate, people are keen to see more businesses open on the street.

The ALB Group has acquired a number of properties, as well as some on Byard Lane and Lister Gate, and have helped kickstart a resurgence in the city centre by leasing shops to new tenants.

Vibrant artwork has also been added to give the street a splash of colour.

Richard Harris, 50, store manager of Kuoni, luxury holiday planners located across the street from the planned apartments, said: “The regenerati­on project for Bridlesmit­h Gate will significan­tly uplift and modernise the area, especially in the postpandem­ic era. Introducin­g new stores and revitalisi­ng the area will greatly enhance foot traffic and breathe new life into the district.”

Student Daisy Grainger, of Bulwell, said: “I believe it would undoubtedl­y attract more visitors. This city already draws many people, especially for leisure activities such as shopping.”

 ?? JOSEPH RAYNOR ?? The former Jack Wills shop in Bridlesmit­h Gate
JOSEPH RAYNOR The former Jack Wills shop in Bridlesmit­h Gate

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