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Apartment plans for historic Notts building recommended for approval

A popular former nightclub that has stood derelict for three years is recommended to be converted into apartments by planners.

The former Urban Cherry and Old Eight Bells site, in Church Street Mansfield has not served punters since 2018 and has remained empty in one of the most historic streets in the town centre.

But developers put forward plans last year to convert the site into 12 apartments, giving new life to the building that was rebuilt into its current format almost 100 years ago.

The land itself, the council documents state, has been used for alcohol sale since 1765 and was reputed to have once housed historical figure, Samuel Brunt.

Under the conversion plans, developers will retain historic elements of the building, including the prominent ‘Old Eight Bells’ signage from the rebuild in 1925.

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The internal layout of the building will be reconfigured to accommodate the 12 apartments, which include seven one-bedroom flats and a further five two-bedroom apartments.

Documents released by the council ahead of the meeting state all apartments will be accessed via the current Church Street entrance, used previously by the Urban Cherry nightclub.

A courtyard area to the rear of the building will be used for communal amenity space, with an enclosed bin store also at the rear of the site.

The plans will go before Mansfield District Council’s planning committee on Monday, October 25, with planning officers viewing the plans as a benefit to the town centre.

The planning department said: “It is considered that the impact on the town centre arising from the loss of any commercial use of the site would not be significant to the overall vitality of the town centre.

“The building itself appears like it could be readily converted into a residential use that would not undermine the character of the street.

“Indeed, the introduction of new tenants would increase footfall into the centre to a small degree.”

It comes as part of the council-led, wider regeneration of the White Hart Street and Church Street area of Mansfield as part of its town centre ‘masterplan’.

The council will seek developer contributions of £13,200 to be used towards its Town Centre Urban Greening plans, which are supported by £1million from the Government’s Towns Fund investment.

The neighbouring former Post Office site, also on Church Street, was recently converted into apartments under similar plans.

The council’s masterplan, currently under public consultation until December, also proposes the redevelopment of neighbouring Dame Flogan Street into homes, repurposing land under the historic viaduct, and turning nearby Toothill Lane Car Park into a town centre open space.

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