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Tax office conversion into 22 flats gets the all-clear
THE transformation of a 'pivotal' site in Bridgwater into housing has been given the go-ahead.
Sedgemoor District Council planning officer Rebecca Miller gave the nod last week to an application to convert the former tax office, at Westgate House, on the junction of Penel Orlieu and North Street, into 22 flats.
The scheme, by Westgate Properties Bridgwater, includes 19 off-road parking spaces behind the building, and an extension to provide an extra storey on top of the existing flat roof.
HM Revenue and Customs closed the tax office in February 2011 and moved the service to Sedgemoor District Council's offices in King Square.
The Mercury reported how Tamlyns, the agent for the applicants, had described the office as “dilapidated” and “uninspired” and that finding a commercial use for the building was “completely unviable”.
Following Sedgemoor's decision, James Venton, from Tamlyns, said: “There has been a lot of speculation about what might be going to happen with the former tax office, and now it has been confirmed.
“It's obviously a very prominent building, and we sincerely hope that this proposal will refresh and revitalise the building. Obviously the developers are delighted with the outcome and we too are delighted to have been involved with the project so far.”
Bridgwater Town Council said it welcomed the plans to improve a building on what it called a “pivotal” site but said its preference would have been for “demolition and rebuild with a more imaginative scheme”.