Highbridge shop set to be turned into flats despite objection
to convert a former shop in Highbridge into flats look set to
be approval by Sedgemoor District Council next week despite objections
from the Town Council.
Case Officer Liam Evans has recommended the plans to transform
14 Church Street - previously used as an architect's shop - into
flats are approved at a Development Control Committee meeting
on 17th February.
plans cover the change of use and conversion of the ground floor
from an office to a flat, plus the demolition of an outbuilding
and the erection of a building to form two flats.
and Highbridge Town Council has raised concerns about the development,
saying: "Our members have objected on the grounds that this
would be an overdevelopment of the site."
access would be poor and not suitable for the amount of car spaces
and additional motor vehicle use, and on this objection the Town
Council believe the District Councils planning department
has set a precedent when refusing planning permission for a similar
development with the same access issues on a site at the side
of the Post Office in Church Street," explained a Town Council
Sedgemoor's Case Officer Liam Evans says in a report on the application:
"The loss of the shop/office to the ground floor is regrettable
but is located within an area where other residential properties
front onto Church Road at ground floor level. The development
is consistent with the pattern of development in the area which
contains a mix of use including retail, office, drinking establishments
and hot food takeaways."
existing shop front is located adjacent to Church Road and therefore
within a prominent position on the public highway. However, the
proposed changes to the shop front will be in keeping with the
character of the building, using appropriate matching fenestration
design and brickwork. The works will not be detrimental to the
street scene and will be in keeping with other residential development
along the A38."
adds: "The two storey building to the rear will not be seen
from public vantage points and will not have any impact on the
character of the town. The existing buildings on the site are
of no architectural merit and their replacement with the proposed
building would mark a visual improvement although its impact would
be slight given its background position. The building will take
on the appearance of a large coach house and the proposed materials
and scale are appropriate for its intended use and location."
proposed development will provide five additional off road parking
spaces, two each allocated to the two bedroom flats and one for
the one bedroom unit. The parking will be mainly formed in an
undercroft arrangement below the first floor of the two storey
building and will utilise the existing access, which serves a
number of garages and other properties. The level of parking is
acceptable and in line with the recommendations of the parking
case officer has recommended that the plans are approved, concluding:
"The proposed change of use of the existing ground floor
office to a residential unit will be consistent with the character
and appearance of residential development along Church Street
and will be of a scale and design which has no detrimental impact
on the street scene. The two storey apartment building to the
rear will also not affect the character and appearance of the
area and will be of a design, density scale which is considered
acceptable and in keeping with the pattern of development in the
centre of Highbridge."
the views of the Town Council are contrary to the officer's recommendation,
the application will be debated by Sedgemoor's Development Control
Committee and a final decision taken.