An eyesore at the gateway to Glossop will be given a new lease of life after plans to turn it into a multiuse complex have been approved.
The Heritage Trailers showroom, in Brookfield, Dinting, will be transformed into a stylish new development with gym, cafe, retail and office facilities.
The plans for the development, off the A57, were approved by members of High Peak Borough Council’s development control committee in a meeting this week.
Councillor Graham Oakley commented: “Having driven past this site several times a week for many years it’s been steadily deteriorating.
“It looks like the actual building is disintegrating.
“It’s an improvement corridor. It’s one of the entrances into Glossop and I think the actual design will be a vast improvement.”
He added that the inclusion of some landscaping would further improve the look of the premises.
The proposals are to extend and refurbish the existing building by re–cladding it and introduce a glazed canopy across the frontage.
The retail aspect of the development would consist of four shops which would be non–food focused and ideally sell items which could not necessarily be found on the high street, such as bulky items which require a large space for a showroom.
The report claimed the applicant has a firm that sells mobility scooters interested in the premises.
A previous application for a supermarket to be built on the site had been refused by planners.
Cllr Oakley said: “We don’t want to do anything to damage Glossop High Street, but I don’t think there is much danger of that.”
Cllr Bob McKeown added: “I think small units like these could be quite beneficial to the area.”
The development would consist of 12 staff car parking spaces and 35 spaces for customers.
The council received some letters from people concerned the A57 was already too busy to use as access to the new development.