Plans to convert Peterborough veterinary practice into flats refused

Plans to convert a veterinary practice into eight new housing units have been refused.

Saturday, 20th March 2021, 5:00 am

An application had been submitted to Peterborough City Council to convert Best Friends Veterinary Group in Broadway into eight flats.

However, the council has refused the plans, stating that it would “not afford future occupiers with an acceptable level of amenity” as the proposed internal layout would “result in poorly stacked rooms... and generate unacceptable noise disturbance opportunities between differing residential units”.

The authority added: “The proposal would not afford all residential units with acceptable natural daylight or outlook provision, or sufficient privacy,” while “the communal garden proposed is not considered sufficient to meet with the needs of future occupiers by virtue of being too small and lacking in privacy, and the proposed bin store siting would be in close proximity to primary habitable windows”.

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Dr Sarah Stonton at Best Friends Veterinary Group in Broadway with her Norwegian Buhund Jack. EMN-210120-110911009

The practice has previously stated its intention is to grow the business as it seeks a new location close to its current site, which is situated at 158 Broadway by the junction with Huntly Grove in Park ward.