The St Georges’ Works site includes Seymour House and Lion House, Muspole Street and premises known as the Guildyard, Colegate which were historically part of the shoe factory complex so are included in the proposed allocation. The Guildyard and Seymour House have benefitted from prior approval consents for conversion to a total of 60 flats which are already included in the housing commitment. The central part of the site was previously allocated for residential development (minimum 40 dwellings) in the now expired Northern City Centre Area Action Plan and the principle of such development has been established by the grant of permission for a 53-dwelling scheme consistent with that allocation (Permission expired). The site has significant longer-term potential for regeneration and additional housing delivery but currently acts as the base for a range of small start-up companies in modernised managed workspace. Retention of the existing employment space on site is highly desirable as part of a wider initiative in the Northern City Centre Strategic Regeneration Area. Given the importance of retaining and extending employment opportunities in the city centre, it would not be appropriate to replace the existing employment uses in favour of housing. The policy consequently recognises that there is scope for a flexible mix of both, allowing for up to 150 homes as an indicative maximum including employment space as part of a balanced mix.
Development of the site must address a number of constraints including its location within the City Centre Conservation Area and the Area of Main Archaeological Interest, the relationship with neighbouring statutory and locally listed buildings, site ground conditions and possible contamination, critical drainage catchment area, flood risk/dry island issues.
The site can accommodate between 110 & 150 homes.