BCP Council (Bournemouth): Neil McKeon has recently secured planning permission for the extension and conversion of the Talbot Inn and outbuilding to 8 flats and 1 coach house in Wimborne Road, Bournemouth.

Given the nature of the use and its location, this created a number of planning constraints to contend with in order to properly justify the conversion to residential use. The public house is located in a commercial area and secondary shopping frontage, with the architecture of building deeming it a non-designated heritage asset by the LPA. The public house also constituted a community use.  

On the client’s behalf, Pure Town Planning and Elcock Associates engaged with respective Planning, Policy, Heritage and Highway Officers throughout the application process. It was successfully demonstrated that the loss of the public house would not harm the community use function in Wimborne Road and allowed the principle of residential conversion of the building. Following amended plans to the internal layout and external finish of the building and additional heritage supporting evidence, the Officers were fully satisfied that the converted building fully complies with all relevant planning and heritage policies.

After an extensive consultation process with Officers at BCP Council, the application was approved for 9 residential units on site and will breathe new life into this ageing building, delivering much needed residential accommodation in Wimborne Road – much to the delight of the applicant.

If you have a public house or commercial property which may have conversion potential, then please contact Pure Town Planning on 01202 585524, or email info@puretownplanning.co.uk for a confidential appraisal.