RADDON Court looks set to move to a new home after planning permission to turn its current base into 24 apartments was granted.
The kitchen, bedroom and bathroom showroom in Latchford will close near to the town centre in the coming months after Warrington Borough Council’s planning department approved an application to covert the former tannery into six one-bed and 18 two-bed flats.
Also previously used as a rubber salvage works, Raddon Court moved to the current Lower Wash Lane site from its nearby familiar home seven years ago having also been based on Tannery Lane and Scotland Road.
Keith Thomson, who set up the business 50 years ago, said: “We’ve found that the new location is not like being on the main road.
“I can remember the days when they used to be queueing up down Knutsford Road to get in and we even used to have car park attendants.
“We’ve had a good run and we’re one of the oldest kitchen companies in Warrington – some of the staff here have been here for many years and I don’t want to retire just yet.
“We’re pleased now that having received the planning permission we will be moving to a smaller place that should suit us better – we’re hoping to move in the next few months and start construction works in the near future.”
Keith’s son Neil Thomson will be leading the major construction project at the building, which was built as a drying shed for the tanner in the 1920s after its predecessor burned down.
The saw mill building to the north of the site will be demolished to make way for 24 parking spaces as part of the plan, while the main brick building will be extended on the southern end of the eastern elevation – the project will take an estimated two years to complete.