Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Flats plan for old office block

AN old office block in Henley could be turned into flats.

AN old office block in Henley could be turned into flats.

Isis House in Station Road would be extended and a third storey added to make room for six two-bedroom flats and one with three bedrooms.

A covered parking area with a “living roof” would be created at the back of the block with new boundary walls and access from Queen Street.

In a letter to South Oxfordshire District Council explaining his proposal, architect Lee Masters said: “A solution has been adopted that will recycle an existing, dilapidated, concrete-framed office building into a new, energy-efficient, contemporary apartment building and provide a new life to an existing structure which will benefit the surrounding community.

“Re-using the existing building structure has the benefit of reducing disruption to neighbouring properties when compared with a new build, considerably reducing landfill and waste production within the site.

“A strategy of re-use and enhancement has been used throughout the design process to maximise the recycling of the existing building wherever possible.”

Mr Masters said the top floor of the building would be set back to reduce its impact on the street scene while the sides of all the rear balconies would be screened to avoid overlooking on to the gardens of neighbouring houses.

Patrick Collins, who lives in Queen Street, has complained to South Oxfordshire District Council that the new block would be too tall and overlook his property.

Henley Town Council’s planning committee has recommended approval.

Councillor Sam Evans said: “The [extra] storey puts it at the same height as the neighbouring one. I am not a huge fan of modern stuff but I think the design fits in from all views, from Queen Street and from Station Road.”

Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak felt the design was “quite nice”.

The district council will make a final decision by March 23.

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