Exeter City Council is considering introducing a new amusement arcade to the city centre, as part of plans to redevelop 7-19 North Street into a 19-dwelling residential block.
The application, currently under consideration by the authority’s planning department, would see the existing Admiral amusements become a shop, and the former Hen House restaurant reopen as an arcade.
“The proposal is an ideal location for the new dwellings, creating living space within the city centre and maintaining a balance for the mixed use of the city centre,” said the application.
“The proposal restores an important feature building in the city centre which has been largely left vacant in recent years and the development will be carried out without detriment to the character of the Exeter’s central conservation area.”
Hen House has been left vacant since closing in March 2019, with the new proposal describing the scheme as creating a high street site which is “fit-for-purpose for the 21st century.”
The addition of accommodation will see an extra storey added on the building, delivering four floors of flats above the street level units, while retaining as many of the original features of the site as possible.
Exeter City Council is expected to decide on the application within the coming months.