Proposals to change a boathouse into a single one-bedroom dwelling has been met with a number of public objections. Applicant Mr J Shaw has appointed Sammons Architectural LTD to submit a planning application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) to make changes to The Boathouse on Lakeside Road in Rudyard.
Proposals to change a boathouse into a single one-bedroom dwelling has been met with a number of public objections.
Applicant Mr J Shaw has appointed Sammons Architectural LTD to submit a planning application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) to make changes to The Boathouse on Lakeside Road in Rudyard.
The building is currently used as a boat store, enclosed on three sides with the fourth one, facing the lake, open.
Plans outline that, if passed, there would be an open plan kitchen and lounge arrangement with a single bedroom and shower room on the ground floor.
The building will mostly be retained as it exists but a suspended timber floor will be provided to form a small balcony with a steel and glass balustrade fitted lake-side while patio doors are set to be installed to enclose the home. The two parking spaces at the site are planned to be retained.
The Boathouse is located on Green Belt land but a design and access statement within the application states that it is believed that “this proposal represents appropriate development in the Green Belt.”
It adds: “The submitted proposal is considered to constitute a sustainable form of development in that it involves the re-use of an existing rural building which is considered suitable in physical, architectural and character terms for conversion.”
The plans have received a number of objections, which have been submitted to SMDC, from the public, including from nearby residents.
Eraine Morrison commented: “For change of use, we have no problem, but parking, access and needs to be addressed.”
Kim Sargeant said: “The Crescent residents already have to deal with noise and littering from other close rental properties.
“The high level of visitors to this area is a concern with regard to safety and conservation due to parking on busy days.”
Jasmine Roberts and Dawn Roberts-Evans jointly added: “It is just going to be another holiday rental in which the residents of the Crescent have to put up with more noise and anti-social behaviour, foul language from people that have had too much to drink.”
Mr and Mrs Harris wrote: “The access to the proposed development will be at the back of our property on a busy and dangerous track.
“We already endure speeding vehicles throughout the day and night with no regard for the safety of others. This concerns us greatly.
“The proposed development will only add to that. The noise that comes from the holiday lets is at times intolerable with no regard for local residents.”
Staffordshire County Council Highways said in a consultation response that the plans “will likely have minimal impact on traffic flows along the access,” but added “vehicular access for building materials is not clear.”
Public consultation ends for this application on February 2 with a required determination by SMDC set for February 15.
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