Studio flats plan for landmark town centre building


PLANS for four self-contained studio flats in Warrington town centre have been submitted to borough planners

The scheme involves the landmark Yorkshire House, in Buttermarket Street – a locally listed building which is, nevertheless, said to have negligible architectural interest.
It is believed the building prior to the 1930s was completely demolished meaning that what remains is of no architectural interest.
The proposals are double-fronted extensions and first and second-floor levels fronting onto Horrocks Lane to provide the studio apartments.
There are already four apartments in the building.
Archaeological interest is described by Historic England and as “evidence of past human activity” and is derived from one’s ability to interpret the history and historic evolution of a building through visible and tangible features.
The current building therefore is of negligible interest.

The north elevation of Buttermarket Street appears to be Neo-Georgian.
At ground floor level alterations have taken place. The original facade has been replaced with what is assumed to be a 21st-century addition promoting large floor-to-ceiling windows. The building retains its original character and remains in good physical order. Original materials are still in use.
But while the exterior is rich in architectural details, the interior of the building has received “significant invasive alterations” over the years.
Arguably the interior of the studio flats building has no architectural or historic interest.
Warrington Borough Council planning officers are now set to study the proposals which would provide additional living accommodation in the town centre, near to bus and train stations and shops, etc.


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  1. Shops ? What shops ?
    The town centre is dying everyday !
    Another idea to appease WBC to be able to collect council tax to.try and fill in the huge debt we have ! 2 billion pounds is it now !

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