Saturday, 21 October 2017

Old offices set to be converted into flats

PLANS to convert a Henley office block into flats have been recommended for approval.

PLANS to convert a Henley office block into flats have been recommended for approval.

The Air Group, of Oxford, wants to create seven flats at Isis House in Station Road, three with one bedroom and four with two bedrooms.

There would be 11 parking spaces behind the building to be accessed via Queen Street and a forecourt with space to store bicycles.

Henley Town Council’s planning committee welcomed the redevelopment plans as the premises has been empty for several years.

Councillor Sam Evans said: “There isn’t much to talk about in terms of aesthetics. It gives us another seven affordable flats right in the centre of town and is good use of space.”



Mayor Martin Akehurst said: “We need flats and this is a good use of the site. I just hope they tidy up the front of the building as it is very tired.”

The site housed a YMCA hostel before it was turned into offices in the Seventies.

The developer does not need planning permission for a change of use as the law changed in 2013 to automatically allow offices to be converted into homes.

The scheme can only be rejected on grounds such as environmental impact or an adverse effect on surrounding roads.

South Oxfordshire District Council will make a final decision later this month.



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