A plan has been revealed to create eight flats above and behind a shop on one of York’s busiest shopping streets.
The proposal would see the homes created above The Entertainer toy shop on Coney Street.
While the shop occupies the ground floor, the first floor is a storage area. “The rest of the site, including a property to the rear currently remains vacant and in some areas in a level of disrepair,” planning documents state.
The front of the building is a part of a section of an 18th century terrace of townhouses and Grade II* listed. It is four storeys high.
A small alleyway between 36 and 38 give access to a rear courtyard, bordered by two cottages joined to the front by an extension.
“Many of the fireplaces, doors, cornicing and other details have been retained throughout the building adding character and vibrancy to the spaces,” a report says.
“Within the 17th century section of the building a lathe and plaster wall has been preserved along with medieval structure.
“Many of these features are currently inaccessible to the local community.”
Under the plans, submitted by York developer North Star, eight homes would be created:
- Five 2-bed units
- Two 3-bed units
- One 4-bed cottage.
“The Entertainer currently have a lease for 8 years, for the remainder of their lease they will move into unit 4 and 7 whilst work is underway to convert the rest of the building,” the report says.
“The public entrance to the retail store will be kept in place and the side entrance to the rear of the property will be used for access to the back of house of the retail and for the proposed units.”
You can see the full planning application to City of York Council here.