Plans for area of Lower Cherwell Street to be converted to 13 apartments

21/08/2020

Office unit and disused building could be converted to accommodation and see industrial area regenerated

Plans have been submitted which could lead to the conversion of a Lower Cherwell Street commercial property into 13 apartments.   The plans have been submitted by Blue Arrow Limited – a subsidiary of the noted current occupiers of the site’s main building’s – The Impellam Group.   The site also includes a three storey smaller disused building associated with Old Town Hall Wharf.

The application for 5-7 Lower Cherwell Street was lodged with Cherwell District Council on August 8.   It demonstrates how the two existing buildings could be converted into six ground floor dwellings, six further first floor apartments and a second-floor dwelling in the Old Town Hall Wharf.

The application notes the use of the site as a wharf dating back to the 1880s.  The larger of the two site buildings is shown as a warehouse on a 1966 map.   Should change of use be approved this would be the first time the plot has been used for residential purposes.

The application site sits alongside the redeveloped Old Town Hall apartments – another area of Lower Cherwell Street that has already been converted to housing.   The management company looking after residents’ interests in the Old Town Hall apartments site has raised concerns over the level of parking included in proposals.   The plans allow for three on-site parking spaces, including one disabled space, and 14 cycle spaces.

Writing to Cherwell District Council on behalf of the Old Town Hall Management Company Robin Cox says, “While regeneration is good for the area we already have concerns with the drainage in lower Cherwell Street, parking in the road by the proposed development, buses not able to get through, problems for emergency vehicles access and now a proposal of 13 dwellings in a limited space”.

Members of the public have until September 4 to comment on the application with a decision due by the end of the month.


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