A new veterinary practice could be on its way to a Derby suburb housed in a former bike shop.
Plans have been submitted to Derby City Council to change the use of the former Bespoke cycle shop, on the corner of Devonshire Drive and Chestnut Avenue, in Mickleover.
The planning application does not give the name of the business that will move into the currently vacant premises but it does state that the proposed veterinary surgery is “part of a wider network of veterinary practices which operate across Derby”.
The building will have two elements to it – a veterinary surgery for the treatment of animals and a retail area for the sale of pet supplies, such as food and toys.
According to planning documents submitted by architects Planning and Design Practice, on behalf of the applicant, it said: “This practice will provide a local centre which can undertake minor animal surgery.
The vets would be created at the former Bespoke bike shop
“The facade of the building will be kept similar to how it is at present, however one of the windows to the south, facing Chestnut Avenue, will be bricked over in order to allow crucial privacy for the surgery.
“The business has a number of first opinion practices in the East Midlands caring for domestic pets.
“Each practice operates a 15 minute appointment system within three consultation periods per working day.
“Initially there will be a single vet working in the practice, so it is likely that the throughput of clients will be one person being seen, with one other person waiting to be seen.
The only changes to the building would be the bricking up of a side window
“It is therefore unlikely that initially there will be more than two cars arriving or departing from the site in any 15 minute period during the consulting times.”
Since 2015, the building was used as a showroom for a company called Bespoke, which sold and fitted high-end road and track bikes.
But the store closed in February. According to its Facebook page it said: “Tough market conditions have meant that running a profitable retail store has become increasingly difficult”. The business has since moved its fitting studio to Leisure Lakes Bikes, in Breaston.
In its concluding remarks in the planning application, the Planning and Design Practice said: “This proposal is considered appropriate in principle for the local area, offering a service the neighbourhood centre lacks.
“Overall the proposal and design of the unit has considered relevant planning policy carefully and it is not believed to be contrary to any local or national policy and will cause no significant harm to the existing local area.”
Source: Derby Telegraph