Bishopstrow - application to change a house into a house
An application for a change of use of Eastleigh Court in Bishopstrow went to the planning committee on Wednesday June 20th.
Although built as a "gentleman's residence" in Victorian times the listed building has since been used as offices, most recently by the National Trust, so the planning application is necessary to reconvert it into a house. The NT say they hope to use the proceeds of the sale to develop new offices.
Local opinion in Bishopstrow was divided, with many residents referring to the possibility of Bishopstrow College taking on the building. Speaking at the meeting a representative of the college asked for refusal, but planning officers pointed out that the college could still go ahead with their plans if they wanted to buy the property and then put in another application for any alterations required. Councillors agreed to permit the change of use. Report
photo Warminster people