TOWN PLANNING

Stoke Road

Client

Location

Description

Paull and Co

Martock Workspace, Stoke Road, Martock, TA12 6RR

Conversion and re-use of 5 former agricultural buildings and two grain silos for a mixed use B1 (business)/B8 (storage and distribution) commercial development including a cafe (A3).

Establishing the principle of the change of use was a priority and achieved via a detailed assessment of both the delivery of employment land in Martock and South Somerset as well considering future housing commitments within the village. This was complimented by an assessment of local and national policy requirements to ensure the scheme fit with the strategic aspirations of the village and wider policy objectives of the District. As the practice has been involved in research forming part of South Somerset District Councils evidence base for the Local Plan review we were well placed to provide a strategic assessment of the economic benefits of the proposal.

Once the principle of development was established other technical obstacles needed to be overcome including impacts on protected trees, flood risk and highways safety. To ensure these issues were suitably resolved Boon Brown identified and managed specialist consultants utilising their expertise where needed. Public consultation with the Parish Council was also undertaken prior to and during the application successfully garnering local support.

As with many commercial developments the project has needed to evolve over time reflecting market trends and thus requiring a swift and efficient planning consultancy. To date the project has gone through multiple changes with several applications to amend the use of buildings or the design to meet the needs of the development and potential occupants. Boon Brown has managed a complicated site with an expanding planning history ensuring the client has the flexibility to maximise its potential.