A building on one of Derby’s main routes into the city – which for many years housed a music school – could be set to be turned into a shop and flats.
The building, which is in Ashbourne Road, was once home to the JK International Music School. The school used the upper floors of the property for tuition while the ground floor was home to International Organs.
But the property became vacant when the music school moved to new premises at the City Road Business Centre, in City Road, in 2014.
It has been empty ever since but now an application has been submitted to Derby City Council to create a retail unit on the ground floor and convert the upper floors into four flats.
According to planning documents submitted to the authority by architects Gino Lombardo Associates, on behalf of the applicant, the building dates back to the mid-19th century and is currently in need of renovation.
It said: “Internally, no features remain and the building is in a poor state of repair. Some essential structural repair and maintenance work has taken place and the building currently does not have a staircase. Repair work is still required to bring the building up to standard.
The property is almost directly opposite the former Samways Cycles store which closed last year
“The proposal to return the upper floors of the building back to their original residential use without any alteration to the fenestration should be viewed as a positive move.
“A general upgrading in the standard and appearance of the building overall will result from the alterations. After being vacant for so long the renewed use of the building will ensure it is protected for the future.”
At present there are a number of vacant retail units in the area. Just a few yards down the road is the former My Local convenience store, which used to be home to a Blockbuster video store. It has been empty for about a year.
And almost opposite the former music school building is the former Samways Cycles store. It closed in September last year after trading for more than 80 years in Derby.
An application has since been lodged to level the site and build 39 student flats in its place.
Source: Derby Telegraph