Retail business Leon’s Fabrics has submitted an application for a five-storey development at its Barlow Moor Road site in the south Manchester suburb.
Advised by architect Howard & Seddon and planner Avison Young, the business intends to develop a scheme with ground floor retail and 11 apartments. Of these, four will be three-bedroom, four two-bedroom and three one-bedroom.
The proposal is to demolish the existing 2,539 sq ft shop and replace it with 2,216 sq ft of retail space. On site parking is to be expanded from four spaces to 10. The current store is set back slightly from Barlow Moor Road, with parking in front, but the new scheme will see a parking entrance allowing access to the rear of the site.
Although the existing building has a date stone marked 1885, a heritage study carried out by Lanpro has concluded that it was in fact built between 1919 and 1922, originally for use as a laundry. Built in brick and render, the existing store has fallen into a state of disrepair, the applicant said.
The site has a chequered planning history, with a change of use to a car showroom approved in 1989, but offices refused in 1991. A 1999 application for two retal buildings was refused, a proposal for 20 flats approved in the same year, before a scheme of 27 apartments in a part four and part-three floor building with basement parking was approved in 2000.
The retail space will be at the north east part of the site, with the accommodation above, over four floors. The adjacent building is between three and a half and four and a half storeys tall.
Avison Young’s planning statement concluded: “The scale of the building will be in-keeping with its surroundings, being of a similar height to the adjacent apartment building to the south of the site.
“Furthermore, the design of the proposed development will aid the successful functioning of the proposed retail unit, with the entrance into the retail unit located at the eastern elevation, providing views into the site for those travelling along Barlow Moor Road. Therefore, the orientation of the retail unit entrance will increase its visibility and thus enhance the potential for pass-by trade.”