A major milestone has been reached with the submission of a planning application to bring the historic Heath Town Baths and Library back to life.

The council’s preferred developer, Gaddu Associates, has carried out extensive community consultation and is proposing to fully refurbish the Grade II listed building for a mix of uses including a banqueting hall, day nursery, training and conference facilities and community spaces.

The Tudor Road site in Heath Town is recognised as a building of community value in the Heathfield Park Neighbourhood Plan - and the council is eager to see it put back into use to boost the area as a whole.

If planning approval and listed building consent is granted, Gaddu Associates will take a long lease of the site and will be solely responsible for restoring the building and bringing it back into use as a venue.

In the meantime, they will take occupation of the former library under licence to secure that part of the building with a permanent presence and increase security generally around the site.

Pavan Gaddu of Gaddu Associates said: “We are delighted to have reached this important stage in the building’s history after working with Heathfield Park Community Action Network to understand the needs of the local people.

“There are still challenges ahead but the submission of the planning application crystallises our vision for the site and is another step to ensuring the building will be brought back to its former place at the heart of the Heath Town community. 

“Our proposals involve the restoration of the whole building and will respect the historic and architectural importance and innovation which was shown at the time of its construction.”

The council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor Stephen Simkins, added: “The much loved Heath Town Baths and Library remain a priority for the Council and in particular the ward councillors.

“The council remains fully committed to seeing this historic building put back into beneficial use for the local community and wider city.”

The building, first opened in 1932, housed 2 swimming pools, a wash house and a library. It has been on the statutory list of buildings of architectural and historic importance since 2000.