South Somerset District Council: Pure Town Planning have recently secured planning permission for the change of use, alteration and extension of a Grade II listed public house to a convenience store with a residential unit flat and associated access and parking in the village of Castle Cary.

Working in collaboration with UAN Architecture, we prepared, submitted and managed a planning application and listed building consent application for the proposed development, which sought permission for extensive renovations to the listed building, including partial demolition of non-original elements and the lowering of ground floor to provide sufficient head height for the convenience store, with a new rear extension providing ancillary space for back of house operations, such as a stock room, plant room and delivery area.

Due to the complexities of the project, we engaged with the Local Planning Authority at the earliest opportunity and had several meetings with the Conservation Officer to agree technical details, including internal layout of the new store and repairs to existing windows and doors.

As part of the application, we prepared a comprehensive supporting design, access, planning and heritage statement which set out the merits of the proposal in a clear and concise manner, whilst making it clear that the development was in accordance within adopted planning policies that support economic growth and the provision of new community facilities through the reuse of existing commercial premises.

Upon considering the application and supporting documents, the Council agreed with our conclusions and moved to grant planning permission for the development. The client was delighted with the decision and is now preparing for the redevelopment of the site.

If you have a commercial premises and would like to pursue a change of use application, or any other commercially-related planning application for that matter such as; increasing opening hours, new shopfronts, new signage, canopies etc. then why not call Pure Town Planning on 01202 585524 or email to see how we can help you.