Listed buildings on Westgate to become homes

Ext pic of My Nursery,Westgate,Wakefield which has closed.

Ext pic of My Nursery,Westgate,Wakefield which has closed.

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Listed buildings on Westgate which have been a nursery, pub and a chip shop will become new homes after planning permission was granted.

Rodgers Investment Ltd want to convert the grade-II listed buildings, at 162 and 164 Westgate, into four houses and two flats.

The two buildings used to be My Nursery, which was run by Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry but closed at the end of 2009 following a cash crisis.

And before that, 162 was Westgate Fisheries and 164 was the Brewers Court pub.

The buildings are currently used by Yorkshire Business Centre as an online training centre.

In a letter to Wakefield Council’s planning department, the West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service said it had “serious concerns” about splitting one of the buildings into flats.

Senior archaeological officer Elizabeth Chamberlin said: “The proposals in their current form require too great a degree of alteration to the historic fabric of the listed buildings.”

People living nearby also objected on the grounds that the new homes would cause an invasion of privacy.

But Wakefield Civic Society said it had no objections to the buildings being used as homes.

Jayne Hammond, of the society’s planning sub-committee, said: “We have no objections to the conversion works subject to attention to detail and the works being undertaken in a manner that is sensitive to the character of the buildings.”

Consultants Darton EGS, acting on behalf of the owners, said it consulted with conservation officers about the plan last summer.

A design and access statement for the development said it was a “viable opportunity” to bring back into use buildings which would otherwise become vacant, and would help to meet housing needs in the city.

The documents said other developers had been prosecuted for unlawful development on the site in the early 1990s.

The application was approved on the grounds that development takes place within three years.