BCP Council (Poole area): Matt is delighted to announce that after a lengthy planning process he has secured planning permission for the change of use from Class E (Commercial) to a mixed use
consisting of Class E on the ground floor and a residential flat on the first floor and mezzanine level (with no external changes) along the front at Poole Quay. The scheme was designed by Trinity Architecture.

Consent was achieved via the lesser known Class G Prior Approval route. Under Schedule 2, Part 3, Class G of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) (the ‘GPDO’). Class G allows you to convert the upper floors of a building into a maximum of two residential flats subject to a number of criterions being met. Prior to the change in use, the use of the upper floors is required to be ancillary to the ground floor use. This route also allows such a change of use both within a conservation and also to Listed buildings, such was the case here.

The application building is a two storey 18th Century Grade II listed building located on the corner of The Quay and Thames Street and fronts the Quay. To the rear is the King Charles Pub and to the east is the Museum. The application site is part of a group of historic buildings which represent Poole’s status as an ancient port.

Pure Town Planning prepared a robust supporting statement addressing each of the relevant criterion in turn which ultimately paved the way for the consent to be issued. If you own a commercial property and would like to explore the Prior Approval development potential through conversion, then call Pure Town Planning on 01202 585524 to find out if we can help you too!