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Council rejects bid to convert house into shop and one-bedroomed flat

A proposal to convert a house into a shop and a flat have been knocked back amid concerns over parking and impact on the character of the street.

Plans were submitted to Middlesbrough Council for a change of use, converting an end-terraced property on the corner of Crescent Road and Worcester Street into a ground floor retail unit and a one-bedroomed flat on the first floor. The proposal featured external changes to the property in the Gresham ward including the removal of a bay window to install a shop front and roller shutters.




A report from planning officers at the local authority said the conversion would “fundamentally” alter the appearance of the building, resulting in a detrimental impact on the character of the street. There were no objections to the plans from the six neighbours consulted however it was considered by the council to result in a potential loss of light and outlook for a neighbouring property.

Planners also said the plans for the flat on the first floor would not provide a reasonable standard of accommodation or adequate outdoor space. With no parking provision or cycle storage, it would also result in an increase of vehicles pulling up on a road which already has limited parking availability for residents, they said.

Other reasons for the refusal by delegated decision related to planning policy in Middlesbrough. The report said retail units are considered a town centre use and the site does not sit within this defined centre.

“The proposal for the commercial class E unit has provided no supporting sequential test information to demonstrate there is no existing suitable sites within the existing town or local centres and fails to demonstrate that a new commercial (Class E) use in this location will not result in a detrimental impact on the vitality or viability of the town and local centres. Without this assessment of suitable alternate premises within a designated centre, there is no justification for the proposed retail use.”

It was noted there are other retail premises in the area however the report stated the location of a shop in an area of high density housing would be “very noticeable and detrimental”. The applicant has 12 weeks to appeal against the decision.

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