Plans for city centre flats submitted

Residents / 09 Mar 2018

Plans for nearly 100 new flats in the centre of Peterborough have been submitted to Peterborough City Council.

A planning application to convert the upper floors of the former Marks & Spencer store in Bridge Street into 98 one and two bedroom units has been submitted to the authority by Progressive Property Assets Ltd.

The ground floor of the building is currently occupied by B&M Bargains, however the upper floors have been vacant since Marks & Spencer left the site in March 2016.

If approved, the flats would be created through partial demolition and conversion of the upper floors to create new floors.   

There would also be new windows and doors built on the existing elevations as well as cladding to help tie the old and new aspects together, preserving the character of the building.

Councillor John Holdich, the leader of Peterborough City Council, said: "If this application is approved, it will help to regenerate the area by bringing a partly vacant building back into use. Increasing the number of residential dwellings in the city centre will also add to the vibrancy of the area throughout the day and especially in the evenings. 

"Peterborough is the fourth fastest growing city in the country and as a council we are committed to building new homes to help meet this demand. Over the past couple of years we have been actively working with businesses who have empty office space with a view to turning this into accommodation and we will continue to do so."

A public consultation on the application runs until March 29.