First and second-floor offices in the heart of Pudsey town centre will be converted into flats, after Leeds City Council planners approved the proposals.
Applicant Mr M Wilkinson wants to convert the offices in Park Square House, opposite Pudsey Community Hub, into a mixture of one and two-bedroom flats.
The first floor has three offices, one of which is used by an alarm company, and the second floor is empty but was previously occupied by Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors, who have moved to smaller premises due to more employees working from home.
A design and access statement by the applicant, which accompanied the application, said:
“Research with agents has indicated it will be very difficult to fully occupy the upper floors with commercial business, again largely as a knock-on effect of the pandemic, so the owner is considering converting them into apartments.”
A council planning officer’s report approving the proposals said:
“The six flats created within this existing building would not be harmful to the local character of Pudsey Town Centre or the heritage context within it, and conditions can secure the final design and colour of the cladding (as well as its fire retardant credentials) to ensure that the final product acts to enhance as required by policy.
“There would be one parking space per apartment, and the first and second floors would have cladding fitted to improve the look of the building, which sits in the Pudsey conservation area.”
Existing parking spaces on Mullberry Street will be used for the new flats. The ground floor commercial businesses at the building are unaffected by the proposals.