Dairy Can Convert Office Into Flat

A St Mary’s business has been granted permission to convert an attached office space into residential accommodation.

The offices, to the rear of the Dairy on The Strand, are currently used by the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust. They’ll be moving to new accommodation at Trenoweth next year.

Chief Planning Officer Craig Dryden said it was the intention that the new, one-bedroomed flat would be used as staff accommodation. However, he said the scheme would only be acceptable if the occupancy conditions on the existing flat above the Dairy were changed to make this a holiday let only.

Craig said the scheme would assist the viability of the business, as they’d be unlikely to re-let the office space once the Wildlife Trust moved.

He added that the proposal would result in the loss of a commercial unit, but would create additional holiday accommodation and therefore contribute to the economy of the islands.

However, Cllr Mike Hicks expressed concern that there was no provision for waste bins in the scheme.

He said he was worried that dustbins and bags will appear on pavements and that wasn’t conducive to keeping the island “looking cared for and loved.”

He mentioned the use of gull-proof bags in the Cornish resort of Looe, which had been very successful, and felt providing adequate space for rubbish should be part of their planning policy.

That will now be written in as a condition to the plans.


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