A new veterinary practice is on its way to a Derby suburb after permission was granted to convert a former bike shop.
The new business will be housed in the former Bespoke cycle shop, on the corner of Devonshire Drive and Chestnut Avenue, in Mickleover, after Derby City Council approved the change of use of the building.
But it is not yet known which business will be moving into the premises, which are currently vacant.
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The planning application does not reveal a name but it does state that the veterinary surgery will be “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.
The vets will be created at the former Bespoke bike shop
According to the original 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 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.
The only changes to the building will be the bricking up of a side window
“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.
“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.”
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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 and the business has since moved its fitting studio to Leisure Lakes Bikes, in Breaston.
In granting permission for the vets, Derby City Council planners said: “The proposal is considered acceptable in planning policy terms in regards to being an appropriate use within this neighbourhood centre and in regards to design, visual amenity and residential amenity and highways safety.”
Source: Derby Telegraph