A DERELICT Halesowen convenience store looks set to be turned into a vet and dog grooming salon – if the plans are approved.
A proposal has been submitted to convert the former Woodman convenience store on Bromsgrove Road into a vet and lounge, with three apartments above.
The plan comes from K9 Vets, based on Wolverhampton Road in Oldbury.
A design and access statement notes that the building opened in the 1960s as a pub, before being converted to a store with a separate license in the 1990s.
The out-of-license was then converted into a hairdresser.
He indicates that: “Since stopping its use as a convenience store and hairdresser, the property has suffered from vandalism” and goes on to say that “the back service yard has become overgrown with weeds and has been used as a dumping ground. for various types of debris and waste, making it an eyesore and a health hazard, with inconspicuous evidence of substance abuse. ”
According to plans, the existing access off Bromsgrove Road would be retained as well as parking for 15 cars.
Two one-bedroom apartments and one two-bedroom apartment would be created on the first floor.
Windows and doors would be replaced with gray aluminum elements and areas of the building where the bricks were painted gray would be rendered white to give “a modern, clean look”.
The parking lot would be redone and the service yard would serve as an overflow parking lot.
Proposal. Design by hcd architecture
Vets and the salon would see clients by appointment only. The plans include two operating rooms, a cat recovery room, a dog recovery room, an x-ray room, a waiting room, a reception and a dog grooming salon.
The proposal, which was registered with Dudley Council on February 2, would replace “the abandoned, decaying appearance of the structure and site with a modern and intelligent upgraded image.”