Amended live-work proposals supported

The redevelopment of kennels in Berkshire to enable the construction of three live-work homes has won approval from an inspector who held that the level of employment space was acceptable.

Each dwelling was proposed to include a self-contained class B1 employment unit. The council had granted permission for a scheme that enabled two plots to provide 64m2 of business space and one plot 84m2, whereas the appeal proposal offered 64m2 in each. The council maintained that the original permission offered more choice for potential occupiers and so was more viable.

The inspector rejected this argument after the appellant submitted information suggesting that three units providing 64m2 of workspace each would be attractive to potential occupiers. He also decided that a ridge height 1.25m above that approved on one of the properties would not adversely affect the area's character or appearance.

DCS Number 100-050-889

Inspector James Ellis; Hearing.

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