Revised flats scheme at disused Grimsby warehouse approved after previous plan 'not economically feasible'

The building in Humber Street, Grimsby, that will be turned into ten flats
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Ten flats have been approved in a former workshops and offices building in Grimsby after previous plans were "not economically feasible".

Humber Street Shops and Warehousing in Humber Street was last used for workshops, shop and offices. Planning approval was previously given for its conversion into twelve apartments, with six on the first floor and a second floor created for the other six.

But because of low sales prices of homes in Grimsby and a steel frame needing to be inserted to have the second floor extension, this is "not economically feasible". Consequently, a smaller scheme of ten apartments on the existing ground and first floors was proposed instead.

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This has also been approved under planning officer delegated powers. Hex Construction Ltd is the applicant. All flats will be one bed, with a kitchen, lounge and bathroom.

The flats will be split evenly between the two floors of the mid-20th century building. They are designed to be based around a central lightwell, the idea being this will allow daylight to the back of the properties, creating spacious and well-lit flats.

In a planning document, Ettridge Architecture explain on behalf of the applicant why the previous scheme is a no-goer. "Unfortunately, this scheme is not economically feasible. Without a full new steel frame inserted through the building the second floor extension cannot work. With the low sales values of the flats in this area it cannot work financially.

"The proposed scheme is now 10 good-sized one-bedroom flats split over the ground and first floors, omitting the need for the expensive roof top extension. The ground floor will be raised to avoid the risk of flooding."

Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Civic Society expressed opposition to the number of flats on parking grounds, and stated it would support six. However, there were no other objections made and it was approved by council planning last month.

The original roof-light structure will also be removed as part of the building's transformation. This is because "the whole roof structure is in a bad state of repair."