Three applications have been made to date and refused for conversion and expansion of the existing building to create residential units with retail or office space on the ground floor.
The applicants has now appealed the second and third refusals, the first of which was for reasons of overdevelopment, loss of visual amenity of the adjacent conservation area, inadequate parking and manoeuvring space, and disturbance caused by commercial vehicles supporting the retail space. The Society had objected on the grounds of retail use, height, size and parking provision and effect on the conservation area.
The third application attempted to overcome the above reasons for refusal, mainly by removing the retail use and substituting office space on the ground floor instead, together with a small reduction in the number of housing units and a larger reduction in parking spaces. However, while welcoming the removal of the retail space, the Society considered the parking provisions remain inadequate and the appearance of the additional upper storey remains overbearing. We had therefore recommended a further refusal.
Our letter regarding the third application can be found here.