Our client, 77k Limited, approached us with an exciting opportunity to convert a five-storey B1 (office) building, into self-contained residential flats. The main objective was to find the right balance of securing an appropriate number of units, whilst ensuring an acceptable standard of accommodation.
The strategy was to secure the change of use, from B1 (office) to C3 (residential), via a Prior Approval application submitted under the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, Part 3, Class O.
As a result of the vehicle parking constraints on site, we engaged with a Transport Consultant who assisted us in establishing the residential capacity on the site.
We successfully secured permission to convert the building from offices into 60 new residential flats. This outcome would positively contribute towards the housing delivery targets of Leeds City Council.
Whilst some minor issues were raised by the Council towards the end of the application process, they were dealt with effectively and efficiently, balancing the clients’ commercial aims with the requirement of the Council.
- Working closely with the client and their architect to ensure that we proposed a sound application.
- Working closely with other consultants to overcome some of the initial constraints on site, prior to the application being submitted.
- We provided the necessary documentation and assisted in instructing the right consultants to get onboard in order to achieve a positive outcome.
- In-depth negotiation with the local authority to reach a mutually satisfactory outcome.
“Peter and his team at Planning Insight provided expert advice throughout the application process. This undoubtably helped to ensure that a successful outcome was achieved, and planning permission granted for a development in Leeds”.