Conversion and extension of existing office building into 434m2 of retail at ground floor level and 32 residential units and associated parking and landscaping works.
This application relates to a three storey 1980s office building in East Street, at the corner of Victoria Place, which has been empty since 2009. As there has been no demand for the offices before or after a limited refurbishment, new owners wish to convert and extend for 434sqm ground floor retail on the East Street frontage and 32 residential units on the upper floors. To achieve this they propose a new fourth floor said to be similar to the one opposite but less prominent.
The Society reluctantly accepts the principle of change of use but a number of issues arise: the housing use; affordable housing; the retail use; the fourth floor; overdevelopment; parking and deliveries; traffic; and the effect on the adjoining Lintons Lane Conservation Area.
Our letter can be found here.
A revised application was submitted, change one large retail unit into three small ones. The Society reviewed the changed application but continued to recommend refusal in an additional letter, which can be found here.