New era for Chesterfield's former Post Office as historic building sold for conversion into flats
Chesterfield's former Post Office looks set to be transformed into apartments after a deal to sell the first and second floors of the prominent building was completed.
Property consultants FHP announced it had brokered a deal to sell the old Post Office, on Market Square, to Balmoral Investment & Development- which will convert the Grade-II listed space into 10 'high quality' flats.
The first and second floor of the historic building has been closed since 2014 when the Post Office moved its services to WHSmith in the Pavements Shopping Centre.
Plans to convert the Post Office into apartments were passed by Chesterfield Borough Council in June last year.
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins said he 'fought long and hard' to keep the Post Office open and was 'disappointed' when it was moved.
"However, I am pleased the building is now being put to good use," he added.
"Town centres across the UK are changing and may see less retail spaces and more residential and leisure.
"It is great that we have a forward thinking Labour Council who are ensuring the town centre continues to grow and that we have the new homes we desperately need.”
The move brings the entire building back into use- in August 2018, popular bar and restaurant Sorbo lounge opened on the ground floor.
Dom Stevens, Destination Chesterfield manager, said: “There are already a number of residential developments already underway in the town centre and the Old Post Office will further add to this.
"Town centre living is a key component to creating a modern town centre which has a thriving daytime and evening economy – which are both important to the town’s fortunes.”
Phil Daniels at FHP said: “There is still an appetite for small scale town centre living and this property’s excellent location on the historic Market Square appealed to the purchaser for their rental model."