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01/02/2018

Appeal: Sui generis ruling means council offices can become housing under GPDO

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Weymouth council offices / Pure Town Planning

In granting prior approval for the conversion of council offices in Weymouth to 56 flats, an inspector rejected comparisons to London County Hall, which was classed as unique by the Court of Appeal in 1989 because of its restaurant, library and shooting range.

The appeal relates to offices formerly occupied by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council on a quayside plot of land in Weymouth, Dorset. The appellant sought prior approval to convert the building into 56 flats under permitted development rules that allow class B1(a) offices to be converted to class C3 residential units.

The council refused the scheme on the grounds that the building was .....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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