BCP Council (Bournemouth): Matt Annen, director of Pure Town Planning is very happy to have secured prior approval permission for the conversion of an ornate Locally Listed building to form 9 residential flats in Pokesdown. The plans were designed by local firm; Anders Roberts Cheer Architects.
This stunning looking building is noted in the Council’s Local List as being ‘a richly ornamental Italian Renaissance style building, which is notable for its architectural detail and strong composition. Built as the Pokesdown Art and Technical School in 1898.’
This application was a revised proposal following a previously refused scheme for conversion to 12 flats which was refused for multiple reasons, namely; some of the units marginally failing to meet the nationally described space standards, noise impact from the railway line and car garage next door and insufficient information on whether the proposed development provided adequate natural light. Following this refusal, ourselves, the architect and the client set about re-designing the scheme to address the concerns raised. With help from Dr Damian Markham-Smith of HDS Greentech (who provided a supporting Daylight Impact Assessment) and Ian Broom of Impact Acoustics (who provided a supporting noise assessment) we were this time able to meet the criteria and conditions set out under the Class MA legislation.
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