Case study

Crane Street, Salisbury

Crane Street, Salisbury

Change of Use, Salisbury

Our clients came to us with this tired commercial building in Salisbury City Centre, within the Conservation Area and sandwiched between Grade II Listed buildings, asking how they could best maximise its potential.

Following a detailed appraisal by our Development Advisors and Town Planners, CHP designed a scheme to change the use of the building to 4 x 1 bedroom flats, with a small shop retained in the front section of the ground floor. The shop was necessary to satisfy Local Planning Policy as the site is within the ‘Central Shopping Area’, where commercial uses at ground floor are encouraged. The designs included alterations to the roof so that the top floor flat could access a private roof terrace, with views over Salisbury’s historic Cathedral.

During the Planning Process, concerns were raised by the Local Planning Authority, such as the lack of car parking which appeared contrary to local planning policy. However, our Town Planners successfully argued that as this is such as sustainable location, the requirement for on-site car parking should be waived. Planning Permission was later granted within the standard 8 week time period.

As part of the planning process, our 3D Designers modelled the proposals so that the Planning Officer could clearly visualise the improvement to the Conservation Area and setting of the adjacent Listed Buildings that the improvements to the building’s frontage created. Our clients later used these images to aid the in the marketing process of the new flats.