Conversion of Salon to Residential Accommodation, North Hykeham
Our clients, the owners of no. 66 Lincoln Road, had operated a hairdressing salon from a single storey building located in what was formerly part of their private rear garden. However, concerns regarding the financial viability of the business led our clients to pursue an alternative viable use for the salon premises. Recognition of the fact that the building is located within a predominantly residential area and was suitable for conversion led to the submission of a planning application to North Kesteven District Council for the change of use of the building to use as a one-bedroom dwelling. This application was refused by the Council due to their opinion being that the proposal would fail to deliver an appropriate standard of internal amenity space and therefore did not constitute an appropriate location for development.
Globe was appointed to review the Council’s reason for refusal before subsequently submitting an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate which challenged this assessment. Whilst it was recognised that the proposed living space provided within the salon building would fall 0.5m2 short of the Government’s Nationally Described Space Standard, this is not specified by the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan as a statutory regulation. Non-compliance with these space standards alone would therefore not constitute a justified reason for refusal for what was considered to be a small yet perfectly acceptable one-bedroom residential dwelling. Accordingly, Globe submitted a Statement of Case which outlined these considerations, and which went on to argue that the conversion of this existing building would provide an affordable, low maintenance dwelling within a highly sustainable location.
The Planning Inspector allowed the appeal and confirmed that non-conformance with the Nationally Described Space Standard alone is not a sufficient reason for refusal within the districts of Central Lincolnshire. Accordingly, North Kesteven District Council’s decision was overturned and permission was granted for the change of use of the building to a one-bedroom dwelling.