New shops and flats could be coming to Frodingham Road in showroom conversion plan

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 6 Dec 2018

A showroom in Scunthorpe town centre could be transformed if proposals are given the go-ahead.

The owner of Walkers Home Improvements, on Frodingham Road, has requested planning permission to convert the showroom into two flats and three individual commercial units.

The changes are predicted to create an additional full-time job and two part-time jobs if they go ahead.

Under the plans, the existing sales and display area would be divided into three separate shops. The largest would have 85 sq m of floor space and the smallest 70 sq m.

The current storage areas and office behind the shop floor would be converted into two flats, each with two bedrooms.

New doors would be added to access the flats from West Street.

A drawing showing plans to convert Walkers Home Improvements on Frodingham Road into three shop units and two flats (Image: ADS Scunthorpe Ltd)

The plans have been submitted to North Lincolnshire Council by ADS (Scunthorpe) Ltd on behalf of the owner and a consultation period lasts until Christmas Day.

Walkers has been approached about the future plans for the business, which comes 10 years after a £150,000 investment into the showroom.

Read more: Contents of North Lincolnshire garden centre to go under the hammer after closure

Starting off as Ian Walker Windows Ltd nearly 50 years ago, it evolved and broadened its scope with the welcoming of sons-in-law Chris Priest and Darren Saxby, who worked in construction. 

The application comes after plans were submitted to turn the nearby Britannia Bar and Nightclub, which  is Scunthorpe's biggest nightspot, into an office complex and shop.

The historic building could be transformed after falling victim to a "widespread and acknowledged failing trade" in the nightclub scene.

The application says the planned change to the venue, known locally as The Brit, is due to a "change of attitudes towards the use of late night drinking establishments, which are no longer as popular as they were."

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