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Flats plan for Falmouth's old post office: FULL STORY
9:30am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
Plans to convert the top two floors of the former Post Office building on The Moor in Falmouth into seven flats are expected to go before the town’s planning committee early next month.
Cengiz Rifat, of Rifco Propeties Ltd, has lodged the plans with Cornwall Council, seeking |permission to convert the first and second floors of the building into residential use and also build a mansard roof extension above an existing annexe building.
Seven, two bedroom flats, suitable for single people and couples with no children, are proposed, along with provision for cycle storage and an enclosed secure refuse storage area. Four of the flats would have outdoor amenity space in the form of terraces at first floor level.
There are no plans to make alterations to the exterior of the main building, although the |proposed mansard roof extension would have five traditional dormer windows.
The two storeys in question are currently occupied by the Core Fitness Studio under an informal licence, but the business is currently looking for new premises with the intention of relocating.
While the ground floor of the building houses the successful Prezzo restaurant, there have been difficulties finding alternative tenants for the two floors above. A planning statement accompanying the application says: “Extensive marketing efforts have been deployed over an extended period going back at least five years, including the use of |mailshots, agency boards, journal and internet marketing.
“Despite these concerted efforts, no new lettings have been achieved and the imminent departure of the present tenant will give rise to crippling financial liabilities.”
As a result, the current application has been drawn up in the hope permission will be given to convert the use from business to residential.
The design statement adds: “The proposal has arisen from the aspiration of the applicant to improve an existing building, from the perspective of its uses and appearance.
“The development would provide a highly sustainable residential |development and achieve the provision of housing for a specific sector of the community, where there is an |identifiable need.
“This car free development promotes sustainable urban living and ensures no adverse affect on highway safety and no pedestrian vehicle conflict.”
The application is due before Falmouth Town Council’s planning committee on November 4 when councillors will make their recommendation to Cornwall Council.
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