A planning inspector has upheld a decision by the local authority to prevent the ground floor of a former bank being turned into two self-contained flats.
In March Pembrokeshire County Council refused a planning application by Kenneth Minton for the change of use of the ground floor of 6 Hamilton Terrace, Milford Haven – previously the town’s NatWest Bank.
The grounds for refusal was the development would conflict with a policy within the Local Development Plan designed to protect the vitality and viability of the town centre.
Properties within the immediate vicinity of the site are characterised by commercial uses at ground floor level.
In dismissing the appeal, planning inspector Melissa Hall said she appreciated that it was the appellant’s intention to introduce good quality affordable accommodation into the area rather than the property remaining vacant.
But she added: “Be that as it may, I do not consider that this matter outweighs the fundamental policy objection to the development in seeking to protect the vitality and viability of the town centre.
“Consequently, and on the basis of the evidence before me, I am not persuaded that the proposed change of use is appropriate for its location.”