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132 Boutport Street

Mixed-use scheme in conservation area

Trying to create a viable scheme to redevelop an awkward shaped site in a town centre is never easy. In this case the design process was made more complicated by the location being in a conservation area meaning the original building had to be retained and the potential for flood risk.  Add to that the awkward shape of the site, changes in level and proximity of surrounding buildings created something of a challenge in design and planning terms.

However through a combination of imaginative conversion of the older part of the site and sensitive  design for the new build element, we were able to successfully gain planning consent in 2011 for a mixed-use development comprising 2 shop units on the ground floor with 2 offices and 2 apartments on the upper floors.

Since then, the property changed hands with the new owner Mr David King having been smitten by the lure of this old building.  Current plans are to turn it back into something like the original format of a cake shop and restaurant / café.  The proposal includes creating a large seating area from the old bakery, utilizing the high ceilings and introducing a lantern light in the roof above.

Client: Barnstaple Strand Investments Ltd.
Status:  Planning & Conservation Area Approval Granted 2011
Value: £500,000