Plans approved as part of multi-million-pound town centre regeneration

Photo of 12-13 Market Street in Tamworth town centre


Plans have been approved to bring an historic town centre building back into use in a way that enhances its original Georgian features as part of the £40m project to transform the heart of Tamworth.

Refurbishment of the late 18th century building at 12-13 Market Street is a key element of the regeneration of Tamworth town centre. Once brought back into use, it is intended that Nationwide Building Society will relocate into these premises from its current location directly opposite.

This would allow for the demolition of the more modern existing Nationwide building to create a new wider access to the Castle Pleasure Grounds across the Castle Gatehouse. It would also open up views of the ancient herringbone castle wall – said to be one of the finest examples of Norman herringbone masonry in the country - and adjacent Grade II listed buildings.

12-13 Market Street – most recently used as the Peel Café and restaurant – has been vacant for several years and work is needed to restore the building in a way that is more in keeping with its Georgian heritage.

Refurbishment plans have been approved by members of the council’s planning committee earlier this month and work is set to commence later this year.

The application can be read in full by searching the planning portal on the Tamworth Borough Council website, using the reference number 0222/2022.

In summary, the refurbishment aims to bring the locally listed building back into use in a way that maintains its historical contribution to the town centre, while enabling it to meet current and future needs.