Plan of apartments approved for listed building in ‘rat-infested’ Manningham Street

PLANS to convert former Manningham Lane offices into seven flats have been approved.

The app will see the three-storey terraced property, in Eldon Place, Manningham, become a living space after sitting unused for some time.

The layout of each floor is being revamped with old office partitions and false ceilings removed and replaced with new interior walls, with repairs to the staircase which is described as ‘the most valuable internal asset’ in the Grade II listed building in the conservation area of ​​Eldon Place.

It’s the latest change to Eldon Place, which used to be Bradford’s ‘legal centre’, but in recent years the law firms have left and the area has been marred by litter and rat problems.

In the basement, the existing offices will be retained, while the rest of the building will consist of five one-bedroom apartments, one two-bed apartment and a studio in the attic.

In approving the plans, Bradford Council said the change would make “the re-use of an existing building” and a “small contribution” to housing needs in the district.

Planning officials said the flats were “a good size” with “good levels of natural light” and would “provide adequate accommodation”, and approved the request.

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