It is a former seaman's mission and had around 100 bedrooms with communal kitchens & showers. It needs reconfiguring for modern usage but I would aim to get at least 100 letting rooms out of it still.
I hadn't thought about it. We could let the rooms under ASTs but I guess if we did a regular bathroom & kitchen clean this would enable us to license the rooms. Whatever is most appropriate given the circumstances.
The planning department will not commit themselves to saying what the use class is as there is nothing in the electronic records regarding this and it is not cost effective to visit the historic paper archives. The usage as a hostel goes back as far as the 1960s and is well established. I have seen a lease to previous tenant which refers to C2 usage.
There is no evidence that student accommodation is prohibited as such & there is a very little refuse left that suggests previous student occupation.
This would be private accommodation and would not necessarily go via the university. There are no particular restrictions to adhere too.
It is to do with planning definitions which must have a legal basis, but I do understand it is obscure otherwise I would not need help.
I think I need to find a technical specialist in planning law & practise rather than a property lawyer.
Please confirm I have not been charged for this.