Application to change building sorted

STALYBRIDGE’S former sorting office will be converted into houses and an apartment if a planning application is given the go ahead.

But the Post Office in front of it will not be affected.

Bardsley, based in Ashton, wants to convert the riverside building into five different properties – two three-bedroomed houses, two two-bedroomed houses and a three-bedroomed apartment which will lie underneath the current Post Office.

Plans for Stalybridge sorting office

The two three-bedroomed homes would have a mezzanine floor installed while all the living quarters would be below ground level.

What is described as a ‘modern unsympathetic extension’ would also be replaced and some minor external alterations carried out if permission is given. There will also be a communal area behind the properties.

The Grade II listed building

The Grade II listed property was last used as a restaurant and night club but is currently described as vacant.

Bardsley has also applied for listed building consent to carry out the work, including replacing the rear extension, removing an extract flue, altering external window/door openings on to the existing rear private courtyard from the lower ground floor to form entrances to the proposed residential units, the removal and addition of numerous internal walls to form the layouts of the residential units and the addition of a new floor within two of the proposed houses.

Tameside Council’s speakers’ panel (planning) committee will make a decision.

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