Perpetual House, Henley-on-Thames
These former office premises of Sir Martin Arbib are located in a command position in Henley Town centre close to the Railway Station and surrounded by residential development. The site was required by our Clients, Linden Homes and we were instructed to work with nominated architects and act as the agent in presenting the planning case to South Oxfordshire District Council for a high-end residential conversion and extension .
In the negotiations the Council required the affordable element of the scheme to be spread throughout the apartments within the block but this was unacceptable to our Clients who wished all of the affordable element to be located on another satellite site within Henley Town Centre.
The Council resolved to refused the application and we represented Linden Homes at an appeal which was conducted as an informal hearing where we convinced the Inspector to uphold the appeal and grant planning permission for both the conversion of the offices to luxury apartments and the new build affordable homes on a separate nearby site.