This is an application to convert the offices above 13 Common Garden Street, Lancaster (Marsden Building Society) into a “House of Multiple Occupation”. I object to these plans.
Planning Reference: 11/00259/CU
- Access to the flats would be to the rear. This Google Streetview shows the access. http://j.mp/iPURyn There are clearly issues with an unlit alley (Russell St) which terminates at the rear of Hustle nightclub. This therefore would not provide safe access to the property. I would therefore recommend that planning officers reject all applications whereby adequate safe access to properties cannot be guaranteed.
- Lounge dining area does provide enough space for adequate space for seating, TV etc due to location of kitchen area.
- Bedrooms 3 & 4 back onto Russell Street, which is in turn backed onto by two of Lancaster’s largest late night drinking establishments. Therefore the occupiers would suffer a significant level of late night disturbance. I would therefore propose that this side of the unit, if future applications are received are not allowed to be bedrooms.
- Insulation. As no proposed changes are designed for the Walls of the property, therefore I would question the energy efficiency of change of an A2 property into a residential property. This type of building, retail below residential above is simply not designed for efficient energy usage.
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