Land and buildings at Stoke Road, Martock
Boon Brown gained consent for the conversion and re-use of 5 former agricultural buildings and two grain silos for a mixed use B1 (business)/B8 (storage and distribution) with an element of A3 (café). The principle of development was established early on, assessing both the delivery of employment land in Martock and the future housing provision of the village. This was complimented by an assessment of local policy objectives to ensure the scheme fit with the strategic aspirations of the village. As the practice has been involved in recent research forming part of the Councils evidence base for the local plan review we were well placed to provide the authority with a strategic assessment of the economic importance of the proposal.
Once the principle was established the application still required other technical obstacles to be overcome. Boon Brown worked closely with the Councils tree officer to address the protected trees on site as well as with highways and drainage consultants to ensure both the access arrangements and flood risk were appropriately addressed. Public consultation with the Parish Council was also undertaken prior to and during the application with the objective of garnering local support.
Following the original permission Boon Brown were commissioned to provide a new access point again having to address various highways and flooding issues.