Plans for new properties will make Peterborough’s city centre a more vibrant place, according to a councillor for the area.
Proposals to convert offices in Midgate House in Midgate into residential properties were approved last month by Peterborough City Council, and more detailed plans will now be drawn up.
And although the developers are currently undecided as to whether to pursue the conversion or to keep the offices in place, the proposals at the Pelican Partners-owned building in Midgate have been welcomed by Councillor Mohammed Jamil, member for Central Ward on the council.
He said: “Hopefully it will make the city centre more vibrant after 5.30pm with more people in the bars, cafés and restaurants.
“Peterborough shuts down at 5.30 apart from Friday and Saturday, but this could bring life to the nighttime economy.”
New accommodation would follow the city centre development of flats in Priestgate and the £4.3 million regeneration of Hereward Tower in Broadway which has had apartments on sale for the past few weeks.
Julian Wells, director at FW Properties, the developer for Hereward Tower and Midgate House, said: “By getting this prior approval it gives us the option to pursue the residential option or let it stay as offices.
“We are very very pleased with Hereward Tower - it’s selling extermely well.
“We will be launching the release of the eighth floor and penthouse units in the course of the next few weeks.”