A successful application of the extended permitted development rights, in demonstrating to the local planning authority that a vacant upper floor office block in the heart of Manchester City centre, can be legally converted into residential accommodation.

The owner of this fantastic building in Manchester City centre, had been having difficulty leasing the vacant office accommodation to the upper floors for an extended period of time, and SNJ Architects were approached to help them develop possible alternative use proposals.

Due to the popularity of apartment living within the city centre, we developed a luxury 2 bed apartment scheme in conjunction with their planning consultant Geraint John Planning Ltd, which would enable the office space to be converted under the current extended permitted development rights – without the need for a full planning application. The proposals needed to take into account a popular and very busy existing ground floor occupier in Pret a Manger, whose

existing access arrangements made accessing the upper floors complex. Proposals were successfully put forward to vary the existing access to the Pret unit, to enable a more welcoming and attractive entrance foyer to be created to the residential accommodation.

After successfully demonstrating to the local planning authority that the proposals fall within the extended rights, we were tasked with preparing suitable marketing drawings/information to enable the owner to market the proposed development to interested residential developers. The upper floors were sold to Beech Properties in 2015 for conversion to residential accommodation.

27 Cross Street, Manchester