A DEVELOPER is hoping to restore a prominent building in Dewsbury town centre to its former glory.
Peter Mason, of Mood Develop-ments, has lodged an application with Kirklees to transform Field House into a block of 23 apartments, with a cafe on the ground floor.
The Grade-II listed building, which used to be home to a number of businesses and a nightclub, is currently vacant and stands opposite Dewsbury Railway Station on Wellington Street.
Plans include the erection of an additional storey and a cafe/restaurant unit which would create jobs for 10 full and part-time staff.
There would be 10 one-bedroom apartments, 12 two-bedroom and one three-bedroom. The plans come a year after initial designs were first made public by Mr Mason.
Field House is the second property in Dewsbury that Mood Developments is revamping, alongside the Black Bull pub in Market Place, which is due to re-open soon.
A statement accompanying the planning documents said: “These proposals offer the investment opportunity to revitalise and bring back into sustainable use a currently neglected listed building, as a catalyst to encourage the further regeneration of the town centre.
“The proposed uses will create new vibrant, active frontages at ground floor level, spilling out onto the public realm, and provide new dwellings above to promote the living town concept and encourage heritage house ownership.”
Dewsbury East councillor Aleks Lukic said: “I welcome Mood Developments’ interest in reviving this key town centre building.
“While there are elements of the design that should be improved before this application is passed, this could become an impressive showcase for regeneration in Dewsbury to visitors stepping out of the railway station.”