Office building overlooking Chelmsford arterial road set to be turned to flats

Plans have been revealed for an office block sitting directly adjacent to one of the busiest arterial roads in Chelmsford to be turned into flats.

Chelmsford City Council has been asked to determine whether planning permission is required for Paragon House off Parkway to be converted into 23 flats.

Developers argue no full planning permission is required under permitted development rights which allows existing buildings to be altered internally.

Altogether the redesign would result in 12 one-bed flats suitable for single people, seven one-bed flats suitable for couples and four two-beds suitable for three people.

A noise survey recorded the development is “exposed to low noise levels to the rear and typical urban noise levels to the front, which should be considered suitable for residential use.”

A light survey has concluded the design “provides adequate natural daylight to all dwellings”.

The development would be supported with 27 parking spaces. The property was built in the 1990s but has been described as in need of refurbishment in a brochure offering the property for sale in 2022.

Marson Property, which is proposing the plans, said: “The transport technical note highlights that the development is situated within a highly accessible, city centre location, with excellent public transport accessibility and consequently  residents would not be reliant on the use of a car of typical day to day journeys.”

It adds: “It has therefore been demonstrated that the proposed change of use would not give rise to a material increase or a material change in the character of traffic in the vicinity of the site, nor would it be likely to lead to a severe residential cumulative impact.

“The change of use is therefore considered entirely accessible on transport impact grounds.”

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Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter