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Flats scheme for builders’ yard in Leigh
6:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A LANDMARK block of flats could be developed on a builders’ yard in Leigh.
Martin Scanes, owner of St Anne’s Builders Merchants, in London Road, Leigh, near the junction with Station Road, says the aging building where a branch of his business is based is now under used.
He wants to redevelop the site into a three-storey block of nine flats with a shop on the ground floor.
Mr Scanes said: “The building is pre-war. It has been extended over the years and bits taken away and now needs a lot of work, so the best thing to do is redevelop the site. We are looking at a development that will provide housing and also last for the next 80 to 100 years.”
He added: “We will look to keep a similar look to the frontage, but more contemporary.”
The builder’s merchants would close during development, but Mr Scanes has another branch in Bentalls Close, Southend.
He added: “We will be looking to open a different shop in the new retail unit for smaller building products.”
In an outline planning application submitted to Southend Council, a statement reads: “The proposed redevelopment of the property allows an aging building to be redeveloped into a landmark building along the gateway to the town from the west.”
Plans are for a “contemporary”
building with a mix of one, two and three-bedroom flats and space for a new shop or business along London Road.
Each flat would have one car park space and cycle storage areas.
The statement added the proposed commercial unit was an ideal size for a “small start-up business”.
The council is due to make a decision by December 18
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