A LEEK garage could be demolished and redeveloped into a residential area.
Plans have been submitted to demolish East Street Garage and change the use of the site by erecting two detached bungalows on it.
The site is currently used as a commercial car repair/servicing business, which has been in existence for more than 20 years.
A design and access statement produced on behalf of the applicant Brian Wynne by Moorlands Architectural Services states that the site is served by the existing established road and utility infrastructure, and the development is considered to be sustainable in as much that all local services are available and have sufficient capacity to serve the proposed development without added burden.
A justification for development statement, also produced by Moorlands Architectural Services said: “The site has been occupied by the current owner in excess of 20 years who has operated a car repair and servicing business for the duration of that time.
“However, he is now of an age whereby he wishes to retire from the physicality that the automotive profession requires.
“That said, he does not wish to retire altogether and has a desire to pursue the redevelopment of his site as a means of continued employment, which would enable him to diversify his talents and also re-invest in a development that would give back to the local community that has sustained him for more than two decades.
“As such he has not, and does not wish to, market the site to justify the loss as an employment site.” A market report, conducted by chartered surveyor Charles Ball of Bury and Hilton, said the availability of the property for a commercial usage has not generated any firm interest. The business has been marketed as a valuable vehicle repair workshop premises which lend themselves for a continuation of their existing use, or could be suitable for other commercial uses, subject to obtaining the necessary consent, since March 12.
Mr Ball said: “Speaking generally there was only very limited demand for this type of commercial property even before the recession took effect five years ago.
“There has been a considerable further decline in demand for commercial property over the last five year period, owing to the economic conditions.
“We would not accordingly anticipate that any continuing marketing will have any significant prospect of finding a suitable purchaser for the property. This leads us very firmly to the conclusion that there is no demand for the buildings and site to be utilised in a commercial way.”