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Appeal: Flood escape clarification secures approval for 99-flat scheme

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An inspector has granted prior approval to convert a Godalming office into 99 flats under permitted development rules, after the appellant overcame council objections by clarifying routes in and out of the building during a flood.

The appeal concerned a large office building on the edge of Goldalming, the historic Surrey market town, close to the banks of the River Wey. The appellant sought prior approval to convert the building from class B1 (office) use to class C3 (residential), creating 99 flats.According to the planning practice guidance (PPG), even when a change of use falls under the general permitted development........
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