A COLLEGE’S plans to turn a vacant Grade II listed building into a new training centre has been approved.

Planning officers said the proposals for the former data centre and CCTV control room on Currer Street would “continue a productive use of a listed building.”

CECOS College, which offers courses in subjects including business and social care, submitted an application to change the use of 8 Currer Street late last year.

Constructed in the 19th Century, and designed by architect Eli Milnes, the building was used as a warehouse during the glory days of Little Germany.

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This area of the city centre has the highest concentration of Listed Buildings anywhere in Europe – with 8 Currer Street being one of them.

The application said: “The proposal is to use three floors mainly for IT labs for students and offices for staff, whereas the ground floor will be used as the main reception area.”

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Approving the change of use last week, planning officers said: “The proposal will continue a productive use of a listed building in Little Germany Conservation Area.   “The proposal maintains the character and appearance of the Little Germany conservation area and preserves the significance of the Grade II listed building.”