An empty shop once used by Bass breweries could be turned into a Thai massage parlour creating two full time jobs, it has been revealed.
The former shop, which later turned into offices, stands opposite Molson Coors’ factory, in Station Street, Burton, and may now be brought back to life thanks to a planning application.
Dominic Jolivet, of Hawkins Lane, Burton, has applied to East Staffordshire Borough Council for permission to turn 152 Station Street, from a shop into a Thai massage parlour.
The early 19 century shop is part of a row of buildings which are Grade II listed.
A report to the council from the applicant said: “The application relates to internal alterations only and involves the subdivision of a room to create two and the incorporation of a shower room. The works involve the insertion of stud wall partitions that involve only minimal disturbance of the existing fabric of the building. In any event the works are readily reversible and the long term impact on the building is thus negligible
“No external changes are proposed that would affect the significance of the building as a contributor to group value.
“The main features that justify the designation are remaining 19th century details such as facing materials and external joinery. The interior of the building has been modernised over the years such that there are no remaining significant architectural features.
“The proposed alterations, involving the insertion of stud walls, involve minimal alteration to the fabric and they facilitate the continuation of the building in economic use.
In view of the minimal alterations proposed and their nature, as described above, there would be no harm to the significance of the heritage asset and thus no conflict with the relevant local and national policies for conserving and enhancing the historic environment.”
If plans are approved, four treatment rooms would be created on the first floor in place of office space.
What is Thai massage?
"Thai massage" or "Thai yoga massage" is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures.
Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions. The recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the giver and receiver, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked.
The recipient wears loose, comfortable clothing and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor.