A new restaurant could be on its way to Derby city centre in a prominent historic building which is currently home to a jewellery and pawnbroking business.
Plans have been submitted to Derby City Council to change the use of the Grade 2-listed property on the corner of Cornmarket and Albert Street, which at present is occupied by Herbert Brown.
The application, which has been submitted by the property’s owners M&M Portfolio, asks to change to use of the building, which was once known as Albert House, from retail to a restaurant or cafe.
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However, the planning documents do not reveal the name of the restaurant, what food might be served or how many covers it could accommodate.
According to the application, the reason for the application is to bring more of the building back into use. At present, only the ground floor of the building is being fully utilised, with the basement and first floors not in use.
Another application had previously been lodged to transform the first floor into five apartments.
While this plan got listed building consent, it was ultimately turned down because of concerns about the noise impact of a neighbouring pub on potential occupants.
In planning documents submitted as part of the latest application by Planning Works, on behalf of M&M, it said the restaurant or cafe would most likely be on the ground floor, in space currently used by Herbert Brown.
It said: “The proposals would have a beneficial effect on the social, economic and environmental well-being of the area.
The building pictured in 1882 when it was known as Albert House
“They would result in the beneficial occupation of the premises and, therefore, contribute positively to the council’s objective of revitalising and strengthening the city centre, contributing to its viability and vitality.
“The proposed change of use will have no adverse impact on the appearance of the building, ensuring that the asset will be protected and the character of the conservation area enhanced.”
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The building is thought to date back to the early 19th century. From Victorian times into the 1930s it was home to Jefferson and Son’s haberdashery.
It received listed building consent in 1977 and in 2010 had its shop frontage restored to its original look as part of wider scheme backed jointly by English Heritage, Derby City Council and central government.
Herbert Brown, which as well as selling jewellery, offers pawnbroking and cheque cashing services, has been in the property since 2009. Before then the building was occupied by H Samuel.
Source: Derby Telegraph