Homes plan for offices

Homes plan for offices

Homes plan for offices

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A large underused office block could be converted into more than 60 homes.

London-based Daejan (Brighton) Ltd has applied to convert Prestamex House in Preston Road, Brighton, into 34 one bedroom flats, 28 two bedroom flats and four three bedroom flats.

Offices still exist on two of the building’s eight levels but the other levels are empty.

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12:22pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

Ok, I'm getting ready to play 'objection bingo'. I've got my card in front of me and so it's Eyes Down and over to you, Nimbys ...
Ok, I'm getting ready to play 'objection bingo'. I've got my card in front of me and so it's Eyes Down and over to you, Nimbys ... Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
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12:37pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Valerie Paynter says...

Have the offices been empty because of lack of interest or because the owner wants rid. Is this address covered by the Article 4 Direction organised by BHCC to try to protect office supply?

Under the Coalition, Eric Pickles ordered that developers could convert any and all office space to flats without a planning application. Up and down the country councils are struggling to keep employment space for the local economy and jobs because of this move.

Not all office space being converted to flats ACTUALLY IS REDUNDANT.

I hope the right decision is made here.
Have the offices been empty because of lack of interest or because the owner wants rid. Is this address covered by the Article 4 Direction organised by BHCC to try to protect office supply? Under the Coalition, Eric Pickles ordered that developers could convert any and all office space to flats without a planning application. Up and down the country councils are struggling to keep employment space for the local economy and jobs because of this move. Not all office space being converted to flats ACTUALLY IS REDUNDANT. I hope the right decision is made here. Valerie Paynter
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12:39pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Mart says...

Check out GPDO planning legislation which allows conversion of commercial offices to residential. There's not much the Nimbys can do about this, as there's a shortage of housing stock in the country.
Check out GPDO planning legislation which allows conversion of commercial offices to residential. There's not much the Nimbys can do about this, as there's a shortage of housing stock in the country. Mart
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1:45pm Tue 26 Aug 14

thelem says...

Valerie Paynter wrote:
Have the offices been empty because of lack of interest or because the owner wants rid. Is this address covered by the Article 4 Direction organised by BHCC to try to protect office supply?

Under the Coalition, Eric Pickles ordered that developers could convert any and all office space to flats without a planning application. Up and down the country councils are struggling to keep employment space for the local economy and jobs because of this move.

Not all office space being converted to flats ACTUALLY IS REDUNDANT.

I hope the right decision is made here.
Does Brighton have a shortage of office space though? There's loads of derelict or vacant space along the valley gardens and queen road. If the demand was there, surely these properties would be in use?
[quote][p][bold]Valerie Paynter[/bold] wrote: Have the offices been empty because of lack of interest or because the owner wants rid. Is this address covered by the Article 4 Direction organised by BHCC to try to protect office supply? Under the Coalition, Eric Pickles ordered that developers could convert any and all office space to flats without a planning application. Up and down the country councils are struggling to keep employment space for the local economy and jobs because of this move. Not all office space being converted to flats ACTUALLY IS REDUNDANT. I hope the right decision is made here.[/p][/quote]Does Brighton have a shortage of office space though? There's loads of derelict or vacant space along the valley gardens and queen road. If the demand was there, surely these properties would be in use? thelem
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3:23pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Nikski says...

I'm all for office space being converted to homes as there are loads of empty offices around. What Brighton urgently needs though is more social housing not more expensive flats for the private market!
I'm all for office space being converted to homes as there are loads of empty offices around. What Brighton urgently needs though is more social housing not more expensive flats for the private market! Nikski
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8:28pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Can this be says...

We appear to be on a sensible roll here along Preston Road:-

1) Prestamex from offices to 66 residential units;
2) Anston House from derelict offices to 44 residential units;
3) 157-159 (previously Aviva?) from offices to 22 residential units.

You may also recall the earlier Paston House offices which are now the popular Travelodge.

We therefore now have 132 residential units hopefully being provided from three brownfield sites. The number of units will hopefully help a move towards the onerous housing targets and show real endeavour on behalf of the Council. Surely it is up to the Council to ensure that affordable units are included?

NIMBYs are not likely to object to sensible proposals.
We appear to be on a sensible roll here along Preston Road:- 1) Prestamex from offices to 66 residential units; 2) Anston House from derelict offices to 44 residential units; 3) 157-159 (previously Aviva?) from offices to 22 residential units. You may also recall the earlier Paston House offices which are now the popular Travelodge. We therefore now have 132 residential units hopefully being provided from three brownfield sites. The number of units will hopefully help a move towards the onerous housing targets and show real endeavour on behalf of the Council. Surely it is up to the Council to ensure that affordable units are included? NIMBYs are not likely to object to sensible proposals. Can this be
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