Case study

New Sarum House, Salisbury

New Sarum House, Salisbury

Conversion of a Grade II listed building in Salisbury City Centre

CHP were approached by a client with a proposal to convert this landmark Grade II listed building from offices to 5 new apartments. Officers were already minded to approve both the Full Planning Application and Listed Building Consent, however this was subject to a hefty S106 Agreement for financial contributions towards affordable housing, which threatened the deliverability of the proposals.

Our brief was to evaluate whether the request for a financial contribution of this significance was justified, and if not attempt to reduce or eliminate it. Our Development Advisors gathered detailed information relating to the development costs and estimated development value and concluded that the Local Planning Authority’s (LPA) requirement did not take account of the increased costs associated with the renovation and conversion of a listed building. The case was presented as a set of detailed spreadsheets and the result was a significant reduction in the level of contribution that the LPA requested.

CHP were then asked to discharge the conditions attached to the Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent which involved the preparation of a scheme for the protection of residents from external noise, which allowed work to commence on site. Throughout the build process, CHP were on hand to provide advice relating to the listed building and facilitate conversations between the Main Contractor and Conservation Officer.