Tuesday, 12 December 2017

D-day on conversion of office building

PLANS to convert a disused Goring office block into 10 flats will finally be decided on Wednesday.

PLANS to convert a disused Goring office block into 10 flats will finally be decided on Wednesday.

Gatehampton Developments, which owns CDR House in Gatehampton Road, submitted an application to South Oxfordshire District Council in March last year but then amended the plans to include separate cycle and bin stores and a new pedestrian entrance.

The company first applied in 2013 but the council refused to determine the proposal, saying more work was needed to assess whether the land was contaminated.

The company carried out an assessment and concluded the land was suitable for residential use.



The two-storey complex was built in 1989 and was previously used as a storage depot and for scientific research.

Gatehampton says a block of flats would generate less traffic than offices.

Goring Parish Council opposes the scheme, saying it is an important commercial site but it cannot formally comment because planning law has been changed to make it easier for offices to be converted into homes.

The application is 'permitted development'� so does not have to go through the full planning process.



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