A waiting list of people keen to live in Peterborough city centre is growing as landlords rush to convert disused offices into apartments.
Peterborough City Council housing officials say they have a list of 2,098 people who have expressed an interest in renting one or two bedroom apartments in the city centre.
The figures come after a spate of planning applications to convert offices and business premises into apartments.
Housing association Cross Keys Homes has unveiled plans to create 21 apartments for low rent at the four storey Endurance House, in Geneva Street.
Cross Keys Homes’ director of development and sales, David Keeling, said: “The office building has been unused for two years. Lindum Peterborough is converting it into one-bedroom apartments for those who want to enjoy the convenience of living in the city centre.”
Last year, the association refurbished the Grade II listed offices in Priestgate Court. Now 24 of the one and two bedroom apartments have been sold for shared ownership.
Recently approval was given to turn offices in New Priestgate House, in Priestgate, into 49 one and two bedroom apartments, there are also plans to convert the former Land Registry office in City Road into 126 flats.
Plans have also been drawn up to convert the City and Counties Club, in Priestgate, into nine apartments across four floors and it is hoped to create 32 flats at the former Inland Revenue offices in Hereward House, in Broadway.