We have helped our client to obtain planning permission for a change of use application to revert a former police transport depot to its original use as a car showroom after the building was spot listed partway through the planning application process. Our team of consultants provided planning, highways and heritage support for the project which ultimately resulted in a positive outcome for our clients.
Initially contacted by the client’s architect to produce a transport statement in support of the planning application. Our statement successfully demonstrated that the small increase in the workshop floor area due to the removal of ground floor office space would not have any dramatic impact on the traffic generation and as a consequence car parking demand. We were later instructed directly by the client to provide a full heritage assessment of the physical changes required to the building to support the change of use application and an additional application for listed building consent as a result of the building being spot listed during the original planning application.
Spot Listings are often used by Local Authorities when it considers a building of historic importance is at threat. However, on this occasion, our research and careful consideration of the building resulted in the planning application being approved. Furthermore, our team’s input allowed us to successfully obtained Listed Building consent for alterations to the building in association with the proposed change of use including the retention, repair and redecoration of the front elevation, installation of fascia signs at the ground and first floor levels, and removal of non-original partitions at ground floor level in order to create an open plan showroom area.
Heritage consultant Hannah Walker’s supporting Heritage Statement showed that the proposed change of use of the building and the associated refurbishment would rejuvenate the tired and neglected appearance of the building while returning a site of key significance in the story of British motoring to its original use.
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