Approval for 91 new city centre apartments

A city centre building will be turned into 91 studio suites and one-bedroom apartments costing as little as £64,950, after a proposed development was granted planning permission.

City centre apartmentsPlans by developer Jamworks will transform the former Reeces Ballroom on Parker Street, near to Clayton Square Shopping Centre, into 19 one-bedroom flats and 72 studios. The development will also include a new two-floor extension but the shops on the ground floor, including Superdrug, will remain.

Starting from £64,950 and rising to £99,950, the studios and one-bedroom apartments will be aimed at young professionals working in the city and first time buyers, according to Property Frontiers, which is marketing the apartments. It says furniture packages are included in the first 20 units reserved and the site offers on-site 24/7 concierge service, while apartments on the fifth, sixth and seventh floors will enjoy panoramic views of the city’s skyline. The apartments are also being offered as a buy-to-let opportunity to investors.

According to a city council report which went before the planning committee, the development presents “the opportunity for the efficient re-use of these long-term vacant application premises for a sustainable use”.

The scheme was then approved during the planning committee meeting, subject to legal agreement.

The building was the venue for John Lennon’s wedding reception when he married his first wife Cynthia, however the upper floors of the property have remained vacant since the 1980s.

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