Ex-bank homes plan in credit with planners

Wednesday 28th September 2022 6:00 am
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A rejigged plan to convert a former town bank into homes has been approved.

The original plan to convert the Barclays Bank building on Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye, was rejected earlier this year as creating “sub-standard accommodation” in the basement, “without adequate natural light or ventilation”.

But now a new proposal for the building, also submitted by a Mr C Payne, has been given the go-ahead by Herefordshire Council planners.

As before, it will divide the ground floor to create two shops, each with a staff room and toilet, while the first floor becomes two flats, with a further one-bedroom “studio” flat created in the basement.

But the concerns over the basement flat which led to the original refusal have been addressed by redesigning its layout, planning officer Gemma Webster said.

“The internal daylight assessment demonstrates that there is now sufficient light,” she concluded.

“This is supported by the lack of objection from the environmental health officer.”

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