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Plan submitted to Newark and Sherwood District Council to convert space above St Mark's Place into living space

A proposal has been submitted to convert the space above retail units in St Mark’s Place, Newark, into living space.

The application relates to units 8, 9, 10 and 11, which includes Game and Millets.

Guy Taylor Associates was commissioned by Riverland (Newark Ltd) to produce the proposals.

Governor's House, Newark (43446426)
Governor's House, Newark (43446426)

The conversion would result in the creation of seven residences and includes an area of existing flat roof over unit eight.

Plans include extending a pitched roof to be integrated into the living accommodation; a new external two-storey stairwell at the rear of units 8 and 9; a first-floor addition over unit 9, installation of a second floor within the hexagonal turret above unit ten and a new first-floor fenestration to the southwest elevation of unit 11.

It is said the scheme would sensitively incorporate new residential units within the town centre through utilising upper floors that are largely redundant or, in some cases, never implemented.

St Mark's Place, Newark (43446422)
St Mark's Place, Newark (43446422)

The combined existing upper floor space provides opportunity for 371.7sq metres of floor space, which in the case of units 8, 10 and 11, are unused as part of the ground-floor retail offering and, in the case of unit 9, has no floor installed.

The seven units created would be one or two-bedroom flats.

It is said there would be no impact on significant heritage assets within the area, such as the Grade I listed Governor’s House that fronts on to the Market Place and is home to Greggs.

St Mark’s was originally designed by Gordon Benoy and Partners and constructed in 1977/78.

It was once a network of narrow streets, alleyways and yards running perpendicular to the market place and Lombard Street.

Clearing of these was done in the 1930s and 1970s.

The official opening of St Mark’s was done by HRH the Duchess of Kent in 1978.

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