Plans to convert Peterborough offices into dozens of studio apartments rejected

Plans to convert offices in Fengate into dozens of studio apartments have been rejected.
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The application from Mayflower Manhattan Limited was for 35 studio bedroom apartments and two single-bedroom apartments at Adam Court in Newark Road.

Adam Court has six office buildings, three of which were being earmarked for the conversion. There would also have been 46 parking spaces provided.

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A previous application was rejected as the council said it wanted a noise assessment to be carried out which was done under the revised plans.

An artist's impression of how the development would have appearedAn artist's impression of how the development would have appeared
An artist's impression of how the development would have appeared

However, in its decision to reject the new application, Peterborough City Council said: “The proposal, by virtue of its location and design, would result in an unacceptable level of amenity for future occupiers of the apartments.

“This is specifically in relation to noise from surrounding commercial premises. The submission detailing noise impacts is considered insufficient in determining a number of noise attributes, such as defining appropriate representative background noise levels and determining the noise rating levels of commercial neighbours to ascertain the impacts upon amenity of the proposed flats.

“It has therefore not been possible for the local planning authority to conclude, with adequate certainty, that the noise mitigation measures proposed would be sufficient to afford future occupants with an acceptable level of amenity.”