Prestwich’s ramshackle garages could be turned into fashionable one-bed flats

A ROW of garages in a building could be transformed into fashionable “studios”.

The garages are on the ground floor of a block at Singleton Court, Bury Old Road, Prestwich.

The applicant, Mr M Moore, made a planning application to Bury Council to create four ground floor apartments.

A design and access statement in support of the plans, said: ‘The proposed apartments will all be located within the space of the converted garages.

“The apartments will not be visible from the street scene along Bury Old Road or Singleton Road and will have very little impact on the surrounding area.

“The proposal will improve the overall appearance of the rear facade of the building which, like many garages and storage areas, has been overlooked and not well maintained.

“The project includes the conversion of the two middle garages located under the space between the buildings into a bin storage area for the proposed apartments.

“Each of the apartments on offer meets the minimum floor areas for a single-storey, one-bed apartment, as required by nationally outlined space standards.

“The proposal is a good example of positively increasing the development capacity of already developed land within the borough.

“The site is in a highly sustainable location that supports optimized housing density in a well-connected location.

“The site’s unique features and prime location make it an ideal opportunity for increased housing.

The request stated that due to site limitations, it did not include any private amenity space for the apartments.

The statement noted nearby parks and open spaces such as Broughton Park and Heaton Park.

The program is separate from a previously submitted program for the conversion of the attic into five new one bedroom apartments in the same block.

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