AN office building in the heart of Bradford city centre could be the latest to undergo a conversion into flats.

The annex building at Broadacre House is located on George Street, near the entrance to the multi storey car park for Bradford’s Leisure Exchange.

Broadacre House was the former offices of Yorkshire Water, but in 2011 the large, multi storey section of the building was sold and converted into a Premier Inn.

The two storey attached annex, which dates back to the late 1980s, remained as offices for several smaller companies, but occupancy has declined in recent years.

It was listed for sale last year, and failed to sell at an auction in December.

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Now planning applications have been submitted that would see the building converted into 28 one and two bed flats.

Bradford Council has received two separate applications for the building. One is to convert existing office space into 20 flats, while the other is to alter roof space, including creating dormers, to create another eight flats.

The plans have been submitted by Kishen Parmar of Liv3 West Street Leeds.

The application says that the site was originally occupied by housing in the 1850s. By the 1890s the land was the site of the Woodman Inn pub. It was a car park in the 1960s and the offices were built in 1989.

It adds: “A conversion to housing will return the site to its first known use.”

The development would retain the building’s 10 space car park and include a cycle parking space for each flat.

The application points out that the building has “excellent” public transport links “with ease of access to transport and local amenities.” Residents could also park in one of the large neighbouring car parks, according to the applicants.

A decision on the application is expected in September.

If approved the development will be one of a number of applications recently approved to turn former office or business units into apartments.

The City Exchange building on Hall Ings was recently converted from empty office space to over 120 apartments by The Investment Room.

Planning permission has been granted to turn a number of buildings on Piccadilly into flats, and plans to turn the upper floors of the the imposing Westgate Building on Westgate were also given the green light by Bradford Council.

Permission has also been granted to convert a number of crumbling warehouses on Canal Road into flats.

And most recently a planning application to turn a listed Victorian warehouse on Mill Street into 27 apartments was submitted.

Bradford Council’s City Centre Area Action Plan calls for 3,500 homes to be created in the city centre by 2030.