Former Richmond public toilets set to be converted into house

Plans have been drawn up to convert a former public toilet block into a house.

The former toilet block in Victoria Road Richmond, would become a two-bedroom property under the plans submitted to Richmondshire District Council.

The public toilet block was built in 1931 but were closed by the district council in 2012 to save money.

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Documents submitted with the plans state: “The proposed development is to convert the former public conveniences on Victoria Road into a purpose built dwelling that will secure the future of this heritage asset, and therefore have a positive impact on the character and appearance of the area, adding to housing numbers and choice in this central Richmond location.”

The plans add that alternative public toilet provision is available within or close to the town centre both at Nun’s Close Car Park and beneath the Town Hall in the Market
Square.

They add: “The closure loss of the toilets was following public consultation.

“The proposed residential use is appropriate in this location, which is in a transitional area between the town centre and other uses, including the conversion of former commercial, leisure and retail premises to apartments and houses.

“The changes proposed are minimal and focussed on retaining the inherent character
of the building that makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of
the Conservation Area.

There will be no specific parking for the proposed house, but parking is available nearby, the plans state.

To view the plans click here.