PLANS to transform Stone’s historic Maltings building into shops and homes have been approved by Stafford Borough Council.
The proposals, submitted by Hill and Swift care dealership, to revamp the site in Adies Alley, were drawn up by Stafford-based Croft Architecture and aim to reinvigorate an under-used section of the high street and create a gateway into the market town from the Trent and Mersey Canal.
Managing director Carl Croft said the company had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the show of support the plans had received.
“The plans have been sympathetically devised to protect the historic Maltings drying area and preserve them as a building feature,” he said. “Stone is an historic brewing town and we felt it was important to reflect this by incorporating elements of the Maltings interior into the plans.
“The drying area will be reworked as a shop which the owners feel would be ideal for a company selling local produce.”
He said the apartments would all be built to a very high specification to promote quality town centre living at the very heart of Stone.
The new building will be developed on an old garage site opposite The Maltings, which were on the brink of demolition before English Heritage granted it listed building status in the 1990s.
The application incorporates five apartments with height varying from three and a half storeys to two storeys at the front in a plan designed to ensure the historic look of the building remains a prominent feature of the new development.
The plans were approved by Stafford Borough Council with having to go through the planning committee process.