Plans to transform a dilapidated hairdressers into a new flat have been submitted to the city council. 

The plans have been submitted for 17 Cowley Road, the site of a disused hair salon, as the applicant wants to turn it into a one-bedroom flat. 

The applicant, Lambert Smith Hampton, has asked for permission to remove the existing aluminium retail shopfront and replace it with traditional brickwork in keeping with the residential properties in the area and match the first and second floor brickwork.

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As well as this, the applicant has also asked to create a new front door, accessed via steps up from the street, and to install a uPVC sash window.

Oxford Mail: The proposed floor plan. Picture: Lambert Smith HamptonThe proposed floor plan. Picture: Lambert Smith Hampton

Plans state that new French doors will be installed to the rear (in place of the existing window) to provide access to a shared garden with 17 Cowley Road, which is also owned by the applicant.

The dated outlook of the site will be changed into a "quality" living space. 

The works will see new electrical, heating and public health services installed, a new toilet and shower facility and a new kitchen area.

Oxford Mail: The proposed elevations. Picture: Lambert Smith HamptonThe proposed elevations. Picture: Lambert Smith Hampton

In the application, Lambert Smith Hampton says the proposals represent a “sensible, well-balanced” use of the site.

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Changing the site from a commercial premises to a residential property is “justifiable and logical when considering the unused nature of the unit, the building and its location”, the applicant adds.


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