Former post office building could become flats

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A former post office building that has been vacant for around 30 years could be transformed into homes for the elderly.

Nyala Investments LLP has applied to partly demolish the Old Post Office building in Wakefield Old Road, Dewsbury, to build 27 homes.

Coun Cathy Scott (Lab, Dewsbury East) did not wish to comment on specific planning applications due to her role on the Planning Sub-Committee for the Heavy Woollen area.

But she did say: “I’m very much for any development in Dewsbury bringing old buildings back into use.”

The Edwardian Baroque style structure, which is in the Dewsbury Conservation Area, was built by architect Walter Pott.

It is understood to have stayed vacant since operating as Dewsbury General Post Office from 1907 to the mid-1980s.

The developers want the front of the building to remain visually in-keeping with the area. They are also planning to create a communal garden at the site.

The development would be another revamp of an old disused building in the heart of Dewsbury. A number of properties – though not the post office – have been prioritised for re-development as part of the Dewsbury Townscape Heritage Initiative.

Pioneer House is set to be transformed into an “education village” for Kirklees College pupils following approval by the council’s Cabinet.

And a number of properties between Queensway Arcade, Northgate and Foundry Street are also having work done to them to help boost trade in the town.

Public consultation on the Old Post Office plans runs until March 26. Visit www.kirklees.gov.uk to see the planning application.