Office conversion to apartments sub-standard in layout and outlook

Permission for the change of use of offices in a greater Manchester town centre, was withheld because many of the 10 units planned, would provide sub-standard accommodation and poor living conditions.

Eight of the units would provide one bedroom while the other two units, would contain two-bedrooms. An inspector in reviewing the degree to which they met the government’s technical housing standards, agreed with the council that the majority were below the minimum 37m2 required for one-bedroom units. The effect of restricting the living area, would lead to cramped living conditions compounded by the gloomy and limited outlook from two of the ground floor units. Moreover, the submitted plans showed double beds in the rooms which indicated that some could be occupied by more than one person, the inspector noted and dismissed the appeal.

Inspector: Katie McDonald; Written representations

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