Another York shop could be converted into a café

The Cast Iron Bath Company shop on Colliergate, York. Photograph © Google Street View

A bath shop in York city centre could become a café or restaurant.

The owner of 9 Colliergate, which is currently occupied by bathroom supply store The Cast Iron Bath Company, has applied for planning permission for the unit to become an eatery in the future.

Planning documents say a restaurant would “complement the excellent balance of shops” at the location.

The application for the 127 sqm two-storey building says they have no café lined up to move in – instead “we are seeking to establish the principle of change of use”.

“Once a particular tenant expresses an interest, details of any internal alterations (including extract ventilation and services integration) will be the subject of a listed building application.”

Shops have closed

A closed shop on Colliergate… Just Gifts. Photograph: Richard McDougall
In support of their application to turn a shop into a café, the owner says that Colliergate is “predominantly retail”.

“A restaurant / café use will complement the excellent balance of shops and attract shoppers to the location.

“The building would require very little alteration to accommodate a typical A3 restaurant use.”

However, two shops have closed recently on Colliergate – Pandora’s Box and Just Gifts.

The application says any alterations would “have minimal impact on the historic fabric of the building”.

The owner of the Grade II-listed building was given permission to turn it into a café or restaurant in August 2013 but did not convert the unit into an eatery and the permission expired.