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Loughborough Gospel Hall Trust - The Stockyard, OsgathorpeWednesday 16th March, 2011
Chris Rose (Associate Director at CSJ Planning Consultants Ltd) has secured planning permission for the change of use and extension of a derelict public house and nightclub in the countryside near Osgathorpe to a 1000sqm Gospel Hall as a place of worship for the Brethren.
The site lies within the open countryside but on a main road benefiting from a substantial car park. The building has historically been the subject of anti-social behaviour, has been vacant for approximately 3 years and is currently in a very poor state of repair with all windows boarded-up and the building letting in water. From the main road the appearance of this prominent building is therefore very poor.
Despite concerns from NW Leicestershire District Council and Leicestershire County Council regarding the isolated location of the site and lack of public transport available to serve the proposal, CSJ Planning Consultants Ltd were able to convince the Councils of the benefits of bringing the building back into community use; supported the planning application with a comprehensive Alternative Site Search Report justifying that there were no preferable alternative sites available within surrounding settlements; and, provided evidence of the car sharing arrangements in place for the Brethren when attending the halls demonstrating a very high car occupancy rate.
The proposal will involve the refurbishment of the former public house and nightclub and includes a small extension to the building, replacement floodlighting and revised car parking layout.
Chris Rose said “We were able to successfully argue that the proposal would not only bring this prominent vacant building back into use as a valuable and desperately needed community facility, but remove the fallback position of the possibility of the public house and night-club re-opening and resulting in further anti-social behaviour that would not be welcomed by the local community or the Council’s.”
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