The council did not object to the principle of mixed commercial and office floor space. But it drew attention to a unitary development plan (UDP) policy identifying a larger site of 5.5ha that lay in a regeneration area and was capable of being developed up to 2016. Possible uses included housing, a hotel and commercial uses, it claimed.
Although the precise nature of any future redevelopment scheme was unknown, the inspector decided that some progress was being made towards implementing the UDP policy. In contrast, he felt that the appeal proposal had been devised in isolation from any strategy for the wider area and if allowed to proceed could unreasonably constrain its proper planning.
DCS Number 100-050-195
Inspector David Kaiserman; Written representations.