PLANS have been made for the former Topshop store in Worthing.
Planning permission is being sought to convert the large store at 21-23 Montague Street into two new stores and nine apartments.
Clifton Second Limited submitted the plans to Worthing Borough Council this month.
The business is run by members of the Whibley family, who also run Whibley’s Jewelers on Warwick Street.
The Topshop store has sat empty for well over a year following the collapse of its owner, Arcadia Group.
Plans for the former Topshop at Montague Street, 2 Worthing
The company announced last year that it would close all its branches.
Shortly thereafter, it was acquired by online retailer ASOS.
Current plans for the building call for nine one- to two-bedroom apartments.
The building would also be extended upwards to accommodate the apartments if permission is granted.
The company says the expansion was “sensitively designed” to accommodate the building’s location within the South Street Conservation Area.
Prospective residents would access the building from Bath Place and although no parking is planned, bicycle parking would be provided.
Clifton Second Limited had previously obtained planning permission to divide the main store and basement into two new stores overlooking Bath Place.
The new shop owners are yet to be announced.
A precedent was set with the conversion of the upper floors into apartments, as they had previously only been used as storage.
“The proposed housing units will make a valuable contribution to the district’s urgent housing shortage,” says a draft statement.
“The elimination of the existing work and storage areas to create nine residential units is considered effective and efficient use of space.
“The commercial units would create manageable and viable commercial units and have already been deemed acceptable.”
For more information, see the WBC Planning Portal under reference: AWDM/1500/22.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/22639606.plans-former-worthing-topshop-store/?ref=rss Plans for the former Worthing Topshop store