WORK on the redevelopment of the former Griffin & Fudge factory premises on Whiteheads Lane in the centre of Bradford on Avon is due to start next month.

The site off Silver Street has secured a new future seven years after the former Griffin & Fudge mechanical engineering and moulding manufacturing business closed.

Detailed planning permission has been obtained for the conversion of the old workshop and office building into an office suite on the ground floor and two apartments above.

Bristol-based property developer Juniper Homes (South West) Ltd is to start work on the development in November after winning an appeal against Wiltshire Council’s refusal to let the company build eight new homes.

Juniper Homes’ director Terry Whittingham appealed against the county’s decision to refuse it permission to demolish workshops on the former Griffin and Fudge engineering works in Whiteheads Lane.

The Planning Inspectorate had allowed the company’s appeal with conditions but refused Juniper Homes’ application for costs.

The company wants to develop the site into six new homes, two apartments and an office unit with ancillary works. The site is in a narrow lane in the conservation area.

Wiltshire Council had objected to the scheme on the grounds that it would result in a “significant reduction” of employment land.

Next month, the developer will begin demolishing the redundant workshops and replacing them with six townhouses for sale on the open market.

The 0.315-acre former factory site had been marketed for sale at £795,000. The redevelopment is due for completion next autumn.

The existing two-storey stone building is to be extended to provide three storeys. The ground floor will comprise a self-contained office suite and the two upper floors will provide a separate apartment on each floor.

The office suite will be mainly open plan and will be fully decorated and carpeted, with gas central heating and LED lighting, toilets and a kitchenette.

James Gregory, partner at Alder King, commented: “The sympathetic redevelopment of this property offers a fantastic opportunity to have a 1,000 square feet ground floor office suite in the town centre with plentiful facilities on its doorstop.

“It is highly unusual to be able to offer what is effectively a brand new office suite within a building that offers original features.”

Initial plans by Juniper Homes (South West) Ltd to convert the existing offices into three apartments, plus six townhouses, were originally submitted in 2015 and later withdrawn. They were subsequently amended to provide offices and two apartments, plus the townhouses.

For further information please contact James Gregory at Alder King on 01793 615477 or visit,-Former-Griffin-and-Fudge-Premises