The site required full planning permission and could not be done under permitted development rights due to a planning condition on the original change of use application. As such the application had to be considered against the normal planning policies which included a local policy that tried to resist residential use. The site had been marketed for office use for a sufficient amount of time but the council wanted more evidence that other non-residential uses were not viable. RCC therefore commissioned a viability report where we were able to demonstrate that residential use was to only way forward. We were delighted when the council agreed and issued the planning permission.