Acting on behalf of a private client, we have obtained a decision from Bristol City Council for prior approval at 9 Hill Street, Bristol, a former coach house, for a change of use from offices to a dwelling house.
The insertion of a mezzanine floor into a large open plan room with vaulted ceiling will create a contemporary dwelling in the heart of the city and given its proximity to a range of shops, bars and green spaces we are confident it will be an attractive proposition for tenants.
What did we do to help get the decision?
The property is in a highly sensitive location at the rear of a Grade II* building (3 Great George Street) and at the heart of the Park Street and Brandon Street Conservation Area. To help get the decision we did the following:
- advised not to pursue a conventional planning application
- recommended the preparation and submission of an application for prior approval
- commissioned floor plans and elevations of the building
- prepared a Statement of Case
- assessed the scheme in terms of its impacts on transport and highways, contamination, flood risk and noise from commercial premises
What are the benefits of prior approval?
The prior approval process, which changes the purpose of a property, means you do not need to pay the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) or make a contribution towards affordable housing, as you would with a conventional planning application.
Please get in touch with Owen Pike if you want to know if your project can benefit from the prior approval process.