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New shops and apartments are on their way to Derby’s Cathedral Quarter after plans to convert a former Frankie and Benny’s restaurant were given the go-ahead.
At the start of this year, plans were put forward to Derby City Council to convert the ex-restaurant, in the Cornmarket, which was one of the Frankie and Benny’s smaller outlets, called Little Frankie’s.
Now, the city council has approved the plans, which will see the ground floor restaurant transformed into two shop units – and the conversion of the first, second and third floors into seven one-bedroom apartments.
Documents submitted by Derby-based architects The Drawing Room on behalf of the developer said that the scheme will bring all parts of the building back into use, including some rooms which have not been used since the 1980s.
It said: “It is considered that the change of use of the upper floors of the building into residential properties will bring a redundant building back to life, and enhance this part of the city centre.
“The flats will all have large amounts of light from the existing windows and the rooms are significantly larger than some small-scale conversions in the surrounding area.”
The architects also said many of the building’s original features would be kept and improved, adding: “There are no alterations proposed externally and, as such, the historic local importance of the building will be retained and improved.
“The removal of unsympathetic internal walls and the exposure of some of the original fabric of the building will add to the attractiveness of the property for residents.”
The building was once a Deep Pan Pizza restaurant, and is next door to Derbyshire Community Bank.
Granting permission, city council planners said: “The principle of redeveloping the application property for a mix of residential and retail uses is welcomed.
“The building is situated in a highly sustainable location and would help to create vibrancy and movement in the city centre in the daytime and evening.
“The proposed development is also considered to be acceptable in terms of its impact upon the character and appearance of the City Centre Conservation Area and, subject to conditions, the new residential development would provide an acceptable living environment for future occupiers.”