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PLANS UNVEILED: 34 studio flats above River Island

PLANS UNVEILED: 34 studio flats above River Island

A planning application has been submitted to change the floors above the shops on Linthorpe Road into studio flats, Image: Bulldog

Plans have been unveiled for 34 studio flats and a roof terrace above a River Island store in Middlesbrough.

Umar Hussain from Southmill Property Group has submitted a planning application to the council to transform three floors above the shops at 53 – 57 Linthorpe Road into housing.

The building is currently all let as retail space, however, it is unused.

There are also plans to create 5 retail units on the ground floor of the building, rather than the three which occupy the space now.

The first, second, and third floors will be redeveloped into one-bed studio-type apartments, which developers believe will be ideal for people just leaving college/university or retail workers.

The first-floor homes, which have high ceilings, which means they will also have a mezzanine floor which could be used as an office or a second bedroom.

The second-floor flats will be one-bed studios and one will have a balcony that will look over Newport Crescent and some of the flats on the third floor will have balconies overlooking Linthorpe Road.

On top of the building is a flat roof which will be turned into a ‘peaceful’ rooftop garden and outside terrace, which will be available for all residents.

There will also be communal spaces on each floor to allow residents space to socialise.

If the development goes ahead, work will also be completed to clean up the alley between Gilkes Street and Newport Crescent where the entrance will be.

The report submitted alongside the planning application, compiled by Jonathan Legge of Bulldog design, states that finding uses for empty floors has been an ‘ongoing issue for many years’.

It adds: “With the rediscovery of city living, it is finally becoming a reality and is slowly being embraced by developers and the younger generations.

“To have people living and working in the city centre 24/7 will create a balanced society and encourage all sides of that society to maintain that presence. This is one way that we might re-invent our cities for the future.”

Plans have also been submitted to the council to transform an empty retail space into four ground floor flats at Rede House, next to the Londis on Corporation Road in Middlesbrough.

The upper floors of the building have been converted into student accommodation and retail operator Samy Limited is hoping to create student flats on the ground floor too.

There have already been two planning applications submitted regarding this site – one to create seven flats and another to create nine, however, the council refused permission for both due to limited amenity space.

The developer believes this new proposal addresses that issue.


Words: Emily Craigie, Local Demcoracy Reporter

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