Aitchison Raffety were appointed by a housing association to secure planning permission for the redevelopment of a vacant office building in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
The application sought consent for the demolition of the existing office building and construction of four separate buildings ranging from four to nine storeys in height, to provide 87 affordable apartments.
The site was located in a General Employment Area where Local Policy encouraged employment generating development. However, Aitchison Raffety was able to present evidence to show that there had been a gradual decline in occupancy levels at the site for a sustained period of time, despite the property having been marketed extensively. The office accommodation was substandard, and a large amount of vacant alternative office floor space was available in the settlement.
Aitchison Raffety successfully argued that the creation of a higher density scheme would contribute towards the delivery of sustainable development in the Borough.
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