Office conversion agreed to be permitted development

The conversion of office space in southwest London to a one-bedroom flat has been permitted under Paragraph J of Part 3 to Schedule 2 of the GPDO 1995, an inspector concluding that contamination and highway impacts would not arise.

The council stated that the site lay next to a commercial printing business with an oil refiner's and petrol station close by. It also argued that no off-street parking would be provided in an area subject to considerable on-street parking stress. On this basis it had refused prior approval under Paragraph J.

Since the scheme involved the conversion of an existing building there was no risk of contamination, the inspector ruled, and a one-bedroom flat was unlikely to be occupied as a family home. The site lay in close proximity to a range of shops and services including a train station. Consequently future occupiers might not have a requirement for an additional on-street parking space. Even if demand did arise this would not give rise to an unacceptable impact, the inspector held.

Inspector: Edward Gerry; Written representations

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