It’s less than three years since we described a major overhaul of Compass House (the office block on the A30)..
However, a planning application has just been submitted to convert the building into forty one flats. The applicant says that the conversion falls within ‘General Permitted Development’, which means that it should be approved as long as a limited number of criteria – traffic, noise and a few others – are met.
The application states that 0.8 parking spaces will be available per flat. This may be acceptable ‘officially’, but is it enough?
Of course, the application, if successful, doesn’t mean that the building will be converted ‘immediately’. We think that Norwich House at the top of Knoll Road was the subject of a similar application some while ago, but it still appears to be in use as offices.