Council approves apartments plan for Ilkeston’s former Co-op store

Erewash Borough Council has approved the conversion of the upper floors of Ilkeston's former Co-op store.
Erewash Borough Council has approved the conversion of the upper floors of Ilkeston's former Co-op store.

Councillors have approved plans to convert the upper floors of the former Co-op department store in Ilkeston into apartments.

Planning permission was granted to ALB Commercial Investments Ltd by Erewash Borough Council at a meeting on Wednesday.

The project will include 69 one and two-bedroom apartments on the first and second floors, as well as a gym for residents and a car park with 69 spaces.

Arran Bailey, company director of ALB Commercial Investments, said work would begin onsite immediately.

“We are delighted to have been granted planning permission to start work on providing more housing in Ilkeston town centre and have worked hard on amending the plans to meet the council’s requirements,” he added.

The company originally applied for planning permission for the apartments in September 2015. The plans include external alterations to the fabric of the building, extensions to the roof and additional and replacement windows.

A decision was deferred in December to allow for further negotiations between council planners and ALB.

There is now just one retail unit left on the ground floor of the former Co-op department store. The companies currently based there are men’s clothing store Eighty Eight, Coffee Vida, MP Maggie Throup’s office, construction firm Newlynn, Thorpes of Ilkeston, the Discount Party Outlet, Snap Fitness and EnergySave.

The Co-op department store closed in 2013, followed by the Post Office and the food hall.