Plan to turn old Post Office into homes

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An old Post Office in Batley could be turned into apartments after planners submitted proposals to Kirklees Council.

The applicant, T Hamid, has applied to change the use of the vacant post office at 288 Bradford Road into three homes.

A design and access statement included with the application reads: “The proposed development will see the Post Office converted from retail into domestic residential use, compatible with the use of the remainder of building.

“The two flats existing within the residential side of the property will be adjusted to form three apartments, which will leave the entire property as residential.

“The current log business will relocate and leave the entire site available to provide off road parking and amenity space for the dwelling.

“The basement area currently storing wood will beretained for storage space associated with the dwelling rather than commercial use.

“The building, currently vacant throughout, will be refurbished and brought back into use.

“The shop front of the existing post office will be removed and a new stone wall with recessed entrance door will be installed.”

The former Post Office closed following its inclusion on a list of services facing the chop in 2008.

Others included were services at 40 Lowood Lane in Birstall, 49 Soothill Lane, Batley, and 88 Halifax Road, Staincliffe.

Public consultation on the plans runs until Friday, May 6.

To view the application visit the planning page at www.kirklees.gov.uk.