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- 76 Walcot Street, City Centre
Internal alterations for the change of use of the first floor and basement from retail (Use Class A1) to residential dwelling (Use Class C3). Removal of a kitchen in the existing top floor flat. Installation of a partition with door on the ground floor to create a toilet and store.
Should this application be consented, we reiterate the need for the active retail ground floor to be retained and maintained as part of the proposed residential use. Policy CR3 of the Core Strategy and Placemaking Plan allows for a more varied non-A1 use within the Primary Shopping Frontage, Primary Shopping Areas, and the Town Centre, so long as “the focus of the centres remains retail (A1) focused”. There is some concern that the application as proposed would result in “a loss of retail floorspace of a scale harmful to the shopping function of the centre” with a proposed reduction of the A1 floorspace from 75% to 25%, contrary to Policy CR3; we trust this will be considered by the relevant officer with regards to the proposal’s impact on the future viability of the commercial premises.