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.


5 Responses to Dairy Can Convert Office Into Flat

  1. Phil December 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I read this page every day and have never left a comment on anything regarding the council or the problems at the school etc etc the reason being is i dont particually know what im talking about. However from an outsiders or maybe ignorant ( to the way councils work not in general) point of view is it my imagination or do “our” council just make things up as they go along?? What diference is a one bedroom holiday let really going to make to the islands economy?? These islands are crying out for accomodation theres enough holiday lets as it is and they struggle to keep them full throughout the season. Is the dairy stil for sale?? The reason i ask is that ive spoken to a number of people who were interested in taking it over but the fact that the excisting accomodation is only one bed has put them off.

  2. Jeff December 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Well! us normal folk are told that we can’t use our accommodation for holiday letting, only key worker can stay in them, so I wonder how come the good people of the Dairy can get this special treatment?

  3. Merryn December 5, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Calico Jack is situated on a very specific part of the sewerage system called the “Mermaid Run” which has caused concern for a long time. The Dairy (and flats) being at the other end of town are not affected (or affecting) by it.

  4. Stavropol December 5, 2012 at 11:08 am

    One could say this would put no more waste into the sewerage system than in its previous use. It is not the same for calico jack.

  5. Jenny Green December 5, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Questions will be asked, to why can this application for this flat get the yes vote, but Calico Jack’s application is refused planning permission. Re: Sewerage?
    They both have the same potential to put waste products into the over stretched sewerage system.