A DISUSED fire station could be converted into a yoga studio and cafe with a flat above.

Marsden Fire Station, Manchester Road, has stood empty since 2005 when its part-time firefighters moved to the adjacent Emergency House.

But M Heginbotham, of Saddleworth, hopes to convert the 102-year-old building into a kitchen with a flat for the premises manager.

A two-storey extension, subject to planning permission from Kirklees Council, will house a cafe and yoga studio.

The plan, which includes provision for 24 parking spaces, is expected to create four full-time and two part-time jobs.

A spokesperson for M Heginbotham said: “The proposed change of use, and new extension will bring a viable and sustainable use to the old fire station within the Marsden town centre, offering unique facilities, jobs and business opportunities to other feeder businesses with the area.

“Not only, in our opinion, is the proposal acceptable, but it will help to secure the future of an old and very important architectural landmark which (will be) much appreciated by residents.”

The plans for the building, which lies within a conservation area, were received by the council on June 9.

A public consultation on the proposal finishes on July 25.