A SUCCESSFUL Lyme Regis business is hoping to further expand with plans to build a live-work unit on land off Uplyme Road.
Precision Waterjet Ltd. has submitted a planning application to West Dorset District Council, to construct a unit comprising of ground floor storage and industrial space, a mezzanine floor with offices and first floor residential accommodation, on land behind Uplyme Business Park on Uplyme Road.
The company is currently based in two units at the business park, providing a high tolerance waterjet cutting service, but the application says it has “outgrown” the buildings and needs a larger premises to secure its future expansion.
The application reads: “The services offered by Precision Waterjet are in high demand and their clients vary from international businesses (such as Rolls Royce, the MoD, Jaguar Landrover, UK Atomic Energy Authority, Biomet and Tetrapack) to small local companies such a boat builders and sign companies.
“The two units that they currently operate from are split, with the dividing unit occupied by a gym which is open to members of the public. This poses a daily health and safety management issue in regard to the conflict of members of the public and delivery vehicles/offloading.
“Having their operations split over two units also results in double handling and unproductive time.
“The move would allow Precision Waterjet to take on two new members of staff immediately, one office/accounts based and one on the factory floor. The proposals provide sufficient accommodation on the factory floor for six cutting machines (currently there are four).
“Having the living accommodation over the factory would allow Mr Bisson [the applicant] the ability to closely tend to the cutting operations without the need for constant travel to and from his home to work.
“The provision of the living accommodation, combined with new security installations to the factory, would also allow Mr Bisson to demonstrate to his clients the best in security measures for the site.”
The site has previously been the subject of several planning applications, including plans for a workshop and manager’s flat approved in 1996, and for a workshop and offices approved in both 2001 and 2006, but no scheme has been taken forward.
Plans to build 14 residential apartments on the site were withdrawn in 2009 following local objections.
The current application would see the ground floor used to house the waterjet cutters, plus an office, reception area, storage and workshop. The mezzanine level would also be for commercial use and the first floor would comprise the general office, meeting room and welfare facilities.
In addition, a separate pedestrian access is proposed, by means of a bridge structure from Uplyme Business Park giving direct access to the accommodation section of the building on the first floor.
The applications adds: “The first floor is in effect a flat over the commercial space providing accommodation for Mr Bisson and his family.
“The layout of this has been designed so that it benefits from the views over Lyme Regis to Portland Bill whilst not impacting on the amenity of the dwellings in Haye Close and St George’s Hill.
“External works include landscaping, parking and vehicle off loading and on-site turning areas together with refuse and recycling storage areas.
The application can be viewed online at https://bit.ly/2skw