PERMISSION was refused to convert a building in Beaminster into a one bedroom house.
Dorset Council has decided that the request to change the use of 4A North Street, classified as commercial property, should not be allowed.
The owners said residential use was the only viable option for the redundant 45-square-meter, two-story property that is listed for light industrial use and was last used for storage.
An agent for the landlord said the building was marketed for six-month lease, but no tenant could be found to take it over.
Beaminster City Council said the change should be approved and would have no effect on the city’s conservation area.
Dorset Council planning officers decided that while the loss of such commercial space would be small, the conversion to a house would not meet the space standards required for housing and the proposal would also have insufficient usable outdoor space. . It was calculated that the prescribed minimum standard would be 58 square meters, with the converted building only being able to offer 45 square meters: the ratio.
The council added that with a food production plant and an electrical substation adjacent to the building, future users could suffer from noise and odors.