Plans have been submitted to turn the former PlayWorks charity building in Nottingham into flats.
The property in Alfred Street North in St Ann’s, which was previously used as a recording studio, was more recently occupied by the PlayWorks charity, which worked with young people in the area.
It’s been disused since March 2019, however, when the charity closed due to a lack of funding.
Now, fresh plans have been submitted to turn the St Andrews Hall building into 16 apartments.
Applicants Hockley Developments state: “The conversion of St Andrews Hall will help bring a new lease of life to the existing structure, which has been vacant since March of 2019.
“During the time of disuse, the structure has become rather derelict in appearance which is a shame considering the structure’s historic Victorian aesthetic.
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“Therefore, the preservation of the St Andrews Hall frontage is an important aspect of this development, as it holds a substantial historic presence on Alfred Street North considering the other period structures in close proximity, such as the ‘Oldknows Factory’.
“This aims to reinforce the positive local characteristics and enhance the character and attractive identity of Alfred Street North.”
No parking will be provided if the development gets the go-ahead, with residents encouraged to reduce their carbon footprint and pursue a healthy lifestyle, being approximately 15 minutes walk from the city centre.
“To avoid future years of disuse and financial drain, the St Andrews Hall building at Alfred Street North would benefit greatly from the proposed conversion,” the application concludes.
“The surrounding area will also benefit from the increased human activity levels, to promote healthy social relationships within the community and to support natural security levels of the area.
“We believe the development will deliver a vibrant residential scheme filled with a diverse mix of people from young professionals to older residents looking to downsize, supporting Nottingham City housing aspirations.”
The application will now be considered by Nottingham City Council’s planning committee.