Plans in for conversion of former cinema and nightclub

11 March 2019

Plans in for conversion of former cinema and nightclub

A former cinema and nightclub in West Yorkshire could be converted into flats and commercial units if newly submitted plans are granted consent.

DMS Architecture, on behalf of West Yorkshire Property Investments, has lodged an application with Wakefield Council for the redevelopment of a property on Albion Street in Castleford.

The building opened in 1927 as Albion Picture Palace and was run by a series of operators before closing as a cinema in 1987. It was most recently occupied by the Bondi Beach Bar nightclub, which closed in 2011.

Planning permission is now sought for the mixed-use conversion of the building to create 20 flats and four commercial units suitable for a range of retail and leisure uses.

The apartments would be a mix of studio and one-bedroom units and would be located on the two upper floors. Secure bicycle parking is also included at ground level.

A heritage statement prepared as part of the application said: "Overall, the proposals will enhance the character of the surrounding, providing a new active frontage to Albion Street and enhancing the commercial floorspace provision in the area.

"The proposed conversion will provide additional residential accommodation within the large underused volume of the existing building whilst maintaining adequate privacy for both existing and future residents."