An existing 4 storey mixed use commercial property in central Luton extending to 20,247 sqft GIA subject to planning permission for an extra floor of B1 office space or Residential conversion.
The property is located on the south side of George Street which is considered to be Luton’s prime retail pitch in the nucleus of Luton Town Centre. The property is a 7 minute walk from Luton Railway Station providing direct services into London St Pancras in approx. 23 minutes and is approximately a 9 minute drive from Luton Airport. The property is an 8 minute walk from the University of Bedfordshire, Luton campus. The University of Befordfordshire currently has 17,000 students (figure based on a 2016/17 census) and we are of the opinion that the scheme could lend itself to student accommodation use.
MIXED USE COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Planning permission was submitted on 29th May 2018 for the construction of an extra floor of B1 office space.
The proposed scheme will extend to 24,779 sqft GIA. The scheme provides façade alterations and reconfiguration of the third floor with a use class change from D1 to B1 (Planning Ref: 18/00814/FUL).
The ground floor, use class A2 extends to 4,800 sqft GIA. The 1st and 2nd floor, use class D2 extends to 15,447sqft GIA and the 3rdand proposed 4th floor, use class B1 will extend to 4,532 sqft GIA.
RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME
The Vendor submitted a separate planning application in August 2018 for the retention of the ground floor use and the change of use of the 1st to 3rd floors into 62 shared living units (Sui Generis).
The ground floor extends to 4,800 sqft GIA and the proposed residential shared living scheme will extend to 10,599sqft NSA (15,447 sqft GIA).
Should the office scheme be granted this will set president for an extra floor, giving the possibility to apply for an extra floor of shared living accommodation via a separate planning application. We advise potential purchasers to undertake their own due diligence on this matter.
The property is available freehold with vacant possession.
OFFICE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY OR RESIDENTIAL/ STUDENT DEVELOPMENT