Bid to transform derelict Hartlepool flats into new DIY bathroom and tile shop
Plans have been lodged to convert derelict flats into a new DIY bathroom and tile shop.
Proposals have been submitted with Hartlepool Borough Council to carry out the work at the town’s 60-64 Lister Street.
Submitted by Dan Burley, from Park Interiors Northern, plans state there are no other similar DIY bathroom and tile shops in that part of the town currently.
An assessment submitted on behalf of the applicant says the proposals will therefore benefit residents and the surrounding area.
It said: “Granting permission for this retail outlet, rather than detract from the town centre should enhance the area by attracting customers to stay and purchase in Hartlepool rather than outside the area.
“The retail outlet will provide employment, enhance a derelict building and help to keep Hartlepool’s retail economy vibrant.
“Given there are no other DIY bathroom and tile supply shops within the town centre presently we would not detract from the current footfall or viability of the town centre.”
The site was previously home to four flats in total and the proposals will see one two bed flat remain on the first floor.
Proposals noted the applicant also considered sites in York Road, Park Road and Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, but deemed them to be unsuitable.
The proposed opening hours for the shop are 9am until 5pm Monday to Saturday and 9am until 4pm on Sundays and bank holidays.
The development would feature one full-time job and one part-time role and would also see the building refurbished, according to planning documents.
Council traffic and transport officers have warned parking in the area is residents only and shop customers would not be able to park in the nearby bays unless it was out of the hours listed locally.
They added if parking was critical to the business the developer would need to apply to the council’s parking section to amend the restrictions.
One comment of support has to date been received from a nearby resident saying the plans are ‘long overdue’ for the vacant site.
A decision is expected to be made on the proposals by the council planning department in April.
To view and comment on the planning application visit the Hartlepool Borough Council planning portal online and search reference number H/2020/0314.