14 Room House in Multiple Occupancy, Former Piano School, Newark
This brownfield site, located within the heart of Newark town centre, comprises a former Piano School and a number of Edwardian single and two storey buildings. The site had been vacant for over two years and as such is considered to have a negative impacted on the character of Newark’s designated Conservation Area. An application was made to restore these buildings and bring them into a beneficial use by converting them to provide a 14-room house in multiple occupancy, 5 self-contained studios, 3 x 1-bedroom apartments and 1 x 2 bed apartment. However, this application was refused by Newark & Sherwood District Council’s Planning Committee on the grounds that the proposal would result in the over intensive development of the site and therefore fail to meet adequate amenity standards.
Following the refusal of planning permission, Globe was appointed to review the application and its reasons for refusal prior to appealing this decision to the Planning Inspectorate. Globe produced a Statement of Case which presented the fact that the proposed development would contribute to Newark & Sherwood’s ongoing requirement for small residential units, as set out within the published Housing Needs Assessment at the time. Crucially, Globe’s Statement of Case demonstrated that whilst there would be a degree of overlooking from the development onto neighbouring uses, this is not beyond what would ordinarily be expected in an urban setting such as this, and its potential impact lessened by the use of obscured window glazing. Moreover, the proposed accommodation would meet the Government’s minimum space standards for houses in multiple occupation and would therefore provide acceptable living spaces.
Full planning permission was granted by the Planning Inspector.