Bell Cornwell were involved in obtaining planning permission for the demolition of a vacant office building in an edge-of-centre location and its replacement with a four-storey building comprising an 88 bedroom budget hotel with ancillary bar/breakfast area and a Class A1/A2/A3 unit on the ground floor.
The main issues that had to be addressed were:
The principle of the change of use under PPS4 guidance and local planning policies – i.e. the loss of the existing office floorspace and the erection of a hotel in this edge-of-centre location.
The likely impact on the character and appearance of two adjacent conservation areas, and the setting of a nearby Grade II Listed church.
The appearance, scale, height and bulk of the proposed hotel building, which reflected design and layout parameters established by the proposed occupier.
Bell Cornwell was instructed to carry out an initial planning appraisal and arrange pre-application consultation with the Council’s planning officers. They advised the client and architect on the content of the application and the design/layout of the new building. In addition, they prepared a Planning Statement and Economic Impact Appraisal in support of the full planning application and a heritage consultant was briefed to prepare a Heritage Assessment.
Planning permission was granted by the Council under delegated powers.