PLANS for a four-storey apartment block of 76 town centre apartments will be put to Warrington planning chiefs this week – with a recommendation for approval.
The scheme, on land fronting Wilson Patten Street, will mean the demolition of the locally listed Arpley House. But planning officers say this is acceptable as it is considered a low-value heritage asset.
The apartment block development will consist of 38 one-bedroom flats, 31 two-bedroom flats and seven three-bedroom apartments.
Warrington Borough Council officers say the re-development of the site, bounded by Wilson Patten Street, Arpley Street and Winmarleigh Street, for residential use is appropriate within the town centre and makes efficient use of the site.
It will make a make a positive contribution to the delivery of new homes in the borough and also provide 15 affordable units.
These public benefits will outweigh the less-than-substantial harm to designated heritage assets such as the Grade 2 Listed former police station building.
Officers say the proposal has been put forward with a contemporary design, utilising a mixture of materials that take cues from nearby buildings coupled with sympathetic modern
The apartment block proposal should set a standard of design for future regeneration projects which it is hoped will be carried out along Wilson Patten Street.