Bell Cornwell’s Exeter office has secured planning permission for the conversion and redevelopment of a historic warehouse and office building to residential use in St George, Bristol. A scheme which will provide market housing in a highly desirable urban location.
The development, which will be known as The Boot Factory (due to its historic use) will see the delivery of 26 open market apartments, provided through a mixture of new build development and the conversion of this historic building.
The site is in a densely populated residential area with associated constraints typically found within inner city locations. The building was last used as a mixture of warehouse and offices.
The development will be built out by our clients’ Christian Grant Property Ltd, Bristol-based developers operating within the city and across the southwest, with Angus Meek Architects being the project Architects.
Bell Cornwell was brought onto the project at an early stage to help lead pre-application discussions and devise the planning strategy for this project. The strategy included progressing the application on the basis that the client could benefit from the Vacant Building Credit, an incentive set out in Government guidance which enables developers to gain a discount against their Affordable Housing calculation where vacant floor space is being brought back into use or demolished. This can significantly reduce the overall burden of this obligation on the scheme and improve viability. It is an opportunity which all clients should consider when looking at housing regeneration projects on brownfield sites.
Bell Cornwell successfully led discussions on this politically sensitive issue and acted as planning agents throughout the project, securing planning approval without any S106 or CIL contributions for the client. At the same time, the scheme has benefits for the local community, as our client will bring a neglected and vacant building back into a positive use, enhancing the vitality of the immediate area.
For further information, contact Senior Principal Planner, Dan Rogers.