The vacant site had originally accommodated a car showroom. An inspector agreed that the 11 metre high building would not be materially larger than other commercial units in the area. While it would not create an active frontage, the large expanse of glazing on the front elevation would give it a more open character which when combined with contrasting cladding, would not appear incongruous or visually obtrusive. In her opinion it would not undermine the council’s desire to stimulate regeneration of the wider area. Nor would it adversely affect the amenity of residents living nearby.
Inspector: Alison Partington; Written representations