Sunday, 29 November 2020

Accountants want to turn offices into homes

A FIRM of accountants based in Henley wants to convert its offices into two houses.

A FIRM of accountants based in Henley wants to convert its offices into two houses.

Villars-Hayward has applied to South Oxfordshire District Council to turn its Boston Road premises into one two-bedroom house and one one-bedroom house.

The company has been operating in Henley since 1988 and currently employs seven people.

The 134sq m building contains an entrance lobby, open plan office, a secretaries’ room, two toilets and a kitchen on the ground floor.

The first floor has a meeting room plus individual offices for the company’s partners Nick Smith and Janice Hayward.

The town council’s planning committee has recommended approval subject to solving water drainage problems. Marion Hayes, office manager at Villars Hayward, said it was possible the company would move to larger premises in the area.

She said: “Villars Hayward LLP are one of the longest-running practices of chartered accountants, chartered tax advisers and registered auditors in the area. They have no plans at present to leave their existing premises but in addition to the traditional work outlined above, they are now able to offer a full probate service and will be developing this area of the practice.

“In view of this, and the continued growth of their successful practice, it is quite likely that larger premises in the local area will be required in the next couple of years.”

The district council will make a decision on the application by September 8.

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