Bump start for £2m plan on car dealership
By Simon Hacker | 25th April 2023
A car dealership in Stroud will become the site for a complex of nine homes if planners permit a bid to reactivate a lapsed permission.
Cleeve Hill-based development Consultants Andrew P Jones have asked planning officers to renew the scheme, proposed by Chippenham company LandLocked Ltd, which was originally given approval in March 2020.
The outline agreement, for up to nine homes, was approved by Stroud's planning authority with a three-year limit on activation.
Part of the site on Stratford Road, which was historically a petrol station and bakery, is now occupied by a Tesco Express. After the council's 2020 permission, the remaining plot has been marketed by Dursley estate agents RA Bennett & Partners with a current price tag of £500,000.
The agent is advertising the project with an illustrative plan showing nine adjoined units forming one block, with a total of 7,358 sq ft of accommodation.
The agent said: "We have valued the New Homes scheme at circa £2million. The site is on two levels with the front part being adjacent to the road. The rear part of the site is at a higher level and is accessed via an existing ramp at the side and rear of the Tesco shop."
The original design and access statement is for six two-bedroomed units and three two-bedroomed apartments with a car parking allocation for each property, plus five visitor spaces.
Current congestion around the address, the statement added, would be reduced by the development, given parking would be further from the road and that change of use would remove retail movements of cars.
Planning officers concluded: "The removal of the car sales showroom and the car display area along the street frontage and its replacement with a more traditional building set back in the street scene would be, it is believed, an enhancement to the setting of the listed buildings when compared to the existing situation".
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