New “upscale” apartments should be created above two Walsall stores in order to revitalize the city center.
Walsall City Council planners are considering a proposal from developer Henry Joseph, who wants the apartments to be built above the two shops on Park Street.
He said the additional residential supply would increase traffic to the city center and have a positive impact on the region.
If approved, the work would see an additional floor created above the two-story building that currently houses the Deichmann shoes.
The development would include two one-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom apartments and one three-bedroom apartment.
New entrances for the apartments would be created next to the two stores, which would not be affected by the proposal.
EA Town Planning agent said: “This application proposes to maximize the space available on this property by creating seven new high quality residential apartments on the upper floors of the properties and the creation of a roof garden at the rear. .
“This site is located in a highly sustainable city center close to a wide range of key services, facilities and transport links.
“This allows for sustainable and convenient travel choices as well as several public parking lots nearby. It is therefore considered that private off-road parking is not necessary.
The city’s central bus terminus as well as Walsall train station are located within walking distance of the property.
“The proposed development will have the added benefit of bringing additional footfall to The High Street and will inevitably contribute to the dynamism of downtown Walsall as an economic city center.
“In addition, the converted apartments will have a positive impact on the business unit on the ground floor of the building, as marketing the upper floors independently of the business unit will make the lower commercial leases more durable.