Huddersfield couple set to turn former Marsh loos into not so bog-standard apartment

The young couple who bought the former loos next door to The Croppers Arms in Marsh say they want to turn part of the site into a plush one-bedroom apartment complete with spiral staircase

Former public toilets behind Cropper's Arms in Marsh.

It would make the perfect residence for a man who never wants to leave the pub.

The young couple who bought the former loos next door to The Croppers Arms in Marsh say they want to turn part of the site into a plush one-bedroom apartment complete with spiral staircase.

Satinder Salona and Deepak Govindram say the downstairs area would be some kind of retail outlet such as a nail bar, hair and beauty salon or even a boutique.

After buying the former municipal toilets at auction for just under £40,000 they expect to spend around another £60,000 on developing it.

Satinder said: “If we need to demolish it then we will apply for the necessary permission.

“Whatever we do we would like to benefit the area as much as possible. There’s a huge demand in Marsh for rented property. At the moment the toilets are a bit of an eyesore.”

Deepak, a father-of-two who has banking interests in London as well as a number of buy-to-let properties in Huddersfield, says ideally he would like to incorporate into the new building some small emblem of its previous heritage.

During the auction at Elland Road he said: “I was determined to buy it. The auctioneer described me as a confident bidder. I really wanted it. Both of my kids were born in the area and my wife is from Huddersfield.”

Satinder added: “It’s unique. We had a vision of how we could add value to this area. I like Marsh, it is a very vibrant area.”

The couple have strong links with Marsh. Satinder grew up in Newsome with Raj Handa, who is busy developing the former DIY store at the back of The Croppers as a play gym.

Once the plans are finalised with the architects they have employed, Deepak says they will be submitted to Kirklees Council for consideration.

The council has shut many of the district’s conveniences over the years in a bid to save money.

Some parts of the borough have been anxious to try to retain them in some form or other but Marsh was not one of them.

 
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