Hillcrest Housing Association, apparently in partnership with Edinburgh private equity firm, Consensus Capital, have recently applied for planning permission to convert a derelict warehouse on the west side of John’s Lane into flats.
The derelict warehouse is currently pretty dilapidated, but it is listed, and the new proposals seek to preserve and restore the exterior fabric of the building, whilst replacing the interior structure and what remains of the roof entirely.
The indicative drawings in this post have been taken from the designs drawn up by EMA Architecture.
If given the green light, the proposal would see the warehouse converted into 18 flats with the construction of an addition two, three bedroom “townhouses” at the end of the lane.
The most contentious part of the proposals are likely to centre around the impact on car parking.
The lane is currently used by locals to park their cars in, but the developer proposes that all parking is banned in the lane, save for two dedicated spaces for the larger town house units at the end.
Despite the proposed parking ban, it’s also notable that the developer doesn’t mention cycle storage anywhere in the application or the city car club.
The council Environmental Health officers have also made it clear that they have concerns that the residents of the new development may find themselves affected by noise associated with the small businesses and the car repair garages on the side of the street.
Approximately half of the development appears to be comprised of “mid-market” rent flats or town houses.
It’s not clear what the deal is between Consensus Capital and Hillcrest as far as funding goes, but it’s likely that some of these homes may require to be sold off in future years at some point to help fund the development.
You can find out more about the plans on the council website using planning reference: 13/01714/FUL
What do you think about these proposals? Do you welcome the redevelopment of a derelict warehouse? Or do you think the developers are trying to squeeze too many flats in?