Conversion of houses to flats
There are a number of considerations that the Planning department will make before granting permission for the conversion of a property into smaller flats, including impacts on neighbours, and the overall affect this might have on an area over time. Planning is concerned with ensuring that our towns and rural areas are designed in a functional way, and conversions of housing to flats can risk:
too many Houses of Multiple Occupation in one area, and reduce the number of family houses
adding pressure to local infrastructure (cumulatively, where lots of houses are converted into flats in one area)
These and other considerations are used to judge if an application will get planning permission or not. The decision will depend on the specific circumstances and planning history of an area, and as such it is difficult to provide general advice.
The conversion of existing dwellings into flats can have a cumulative effect that is damaging to the quality of the environment and detracts from the character of established residential areas. Conversions may be appropriate in certain types of property or street particularly where they are highly accessible. However, even in such locations they can harm the character of areas by changing external appearance and increasing activity. Such activity can often involve more people movements, increased car movements and parking stress, more rubbish to be collected and more deliveries.
Clients are therefore encouraged to use the council's pre application advice service if you are interested in taking on this kind of project. We can also offer pre application advice and advise on the feasibility of such a proposal in your location. There is an hourly rate to research this on your behalf (depending on the proposal).
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