DWD was appointed by St James School, located in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, to advise on the change of use of a 3 bed self-contained house, adjacent to the main school site, to use as the schools Bursars Team office.
Changing educational requirements and teaching methods mean that it is currently not possible for the Bursars Team of 8 staff members to be accommodated on the main school site. DWD was appointed to provide planning feasibility advice and to subsequently submit a planning application for the change of use.
The house is located in a Conservation Area and is recognised as a building of merit. The proposed change of use conflicts with the adopted planning policy, which stated that there should be no net loss of residential floorspace.
DWD engaged closely with the Local Planning Authority during pre-application discussions. The subsequent planning application submitted to the Local Planning Authority provided a robust case to demonstrate the school’s special need for the accommodation and justified why proximity to the main school site was essential.
DWD successfully overcame the policy officers’ objections to the proposal, resulting in an officer recommendation for approval for the temporary change of use for a period of 5 years. The application was approved at Planning Committee in November 2017.