Housing plan for Belper garage site ‘would improve street scene’

The site of Frankerbrook Garage, on Ashbourne Road, Cowers Lane. Image: Google.

The site of Frankerbrook Garage, on Ashbourne Road, Cowers Lane. Image: Google.

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New homes could be built on the site of a former petrol station and breakdown recovery business in Belper.

Plans have been submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council for the construction of three detached houses on the site of Frankerbrook Garage on Ashbourne Road, Cowers Lane.

The proposal seeks permission to redevelop the workshop and forecourt areas to provide one three-bedroom and two four-bedroom houses.

A separate application to remove an existing Second World War Nissen hut on the site and replace it with a dwelling was approved earlier this year.

Frank Gratton, agent for the applicant, states in documents supporting the latest application: “Over recent years the viability of the breakdown and recovery service has declined, mainly due to the loss of major accounts such as Green Flag Recovery, and the fuel station no longer operates.

“This has dramatically affected the business income and also the viability of selling the business premises as a going concern.

“The commercial enterprise has reduced to such a low level that redevelopment is the only viable option.”

He adds: “The proposed development presents an opportunity to considerably improve the street scene.”

A decision by Amber Valley Borough Council is expected to be made in February. To comment, visit www.ambervalley.gov.uk.

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