Office conversion allowed with partial costs

The conversion of an office building in west London to 34 residential units was allowed with a partial award of costs in favour of the appellant.

Approval was sought under paragraph J2 of Part 3 to Schedule 2 of the GPDO 1995 which the council resisted on the basis that the scheme would give rise to unacceptable on-street parking pressure. It also alleged that the scheme would not make efficient use of water which conflicted with the requirement to reduce flood risk. The appellant in response submitted a unilateral undertaking preventing any future residents from applying for a car parking permit and provided a flood risk assessment demonstrating that it was in flood zone 1.

The proposed units were relatively small in size the inspector concluded and the site had good access to shops and public transport. The planning obligation would ensure that no additional pressure for parking permits arose and the efficient use of water and need to provide a sustainable urban drainage system were not directly related to whether the site was likely to flood. The council had sufficient information to conclude that there was no unacceptable risk of flooding and this objection to the scheme should not have been pursued. A partial award of costs was made in favour of the appellant on this issue.

Inspector: Tim Wood; Written representations

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