Pub conversion provides adequate living accommodation

The conversion of a pub in north Wales to 15 self-contained residential units would provide adequate living accommodation and not have an adverse impact on neighbours an inspector ruled.

The two smallest units would have bedrooms extending to 11m2 the inspector noted but these were above a minimum of 10m2 specified by the council as being appropriate for any living space based on its licensing department standards. It had no adopted planning standards though and the inspector was satisfied that adequate living space would be provided. Since the lawful use was a public house could be resumed he did not believe that the occupiers of 15 flats would cause comparable noise levels nor the level of anti-social behaviour. Some of the units could be occupied by students but there was little evidence to suggest that this would undermine social cohesion.
A full award of costs was made in favour of the appellant. The application had been recommended for approval. The council had been unable to substantiate its objections on over development or social cohesion grounds. It would potentially meet a need for additional student accommodation and over-concentration of such a use was allegedly in conflict with an emerging development plan policy which had yet to be adopted.

Inspector: Iwan Lloyd; Hearing

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