Application to convert former Blyth school into flats

Plans have been submitted to convert an unused office space in Blyth into three “luxury flats”.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 7:00 am
Wellington House, in Blyth.

Northumberland County Council has received a planning application to change the former Blyth Valley Day Service, at Wellington House on Wolsley Road, into the new homes.

In terms of layout the proposal states: “There will be an increase in floor area of 90 sq.m in the roofspace with the existing layout of the existing floors largely maintained, only modified to provide adequately sized accommodation and access.”

Additionally, the proposal sets out plans for five new car parking spaces and three cycle spaces.

According to a heritage statement, the proposed conversion will mean “little to no change in the external appearance other than the addition of dormer windows, Velux roof lights and a window to the south gable, all of which are traditional in nature”.

The statement concludes: “The impact of the area will therefore also be visually minimal and, in terms of use, no greater than its previous use as a clinic and offices for the NHS.”

The application also claims the “proposals will have little more adverse impact than the previous use as offices”.

The plans do acknowledge there may be a slight increase in water usage but claims this will be offset by the drop in energy usage, as the properties will likely only be inhabited at night.

The applicant’s justification for changes are preventing the property becoming dilapidated due to lack of use.

Consulation on the application is due to close on May 20.