12 WestgateWestgate, North Berwick, EH39 4AF
LOCATIONNorth Berwick is an affluent coastal town in East Lothian, approximately 20 miles east of Edinburgh. The town is popular with commuters and easily accessed via the East Coast train line and the A1. It is renowned for being a charming seaside town and former royal burgh in East Lothian, situated on the south shore of the Firth of Forth. The town is a popular holiday destination, particularly in the summer months, with visitors attracted by the beaches, golf courses and thriving town centre. The subject property occupies a highly prominent position on Westgate, the western extension of the High Street. The town’s High Street offers a vibrant mix of national and independent retailers together with residential premises, restaurants, bars, cafés, hairdressers, solicitors and estate agents.DESCRIPTIONThe property comprises the ground floor unit only and is physically connected to a semi-detached two storey residential villa. The entrance is within the original villa which leads to a predominantly open floor area with a separate room to the rear of the building. The property is in shell condition with services capped to the rear of the property. Until recently the property was used as a bank, set back from the main street, with the benefit of an attractive original thistle design cast iron double gated access into the front garden.EXISTING PLANNING CONSENT We understand the property has Class 1A Planning Use (shops and financial, professional and other services). Suitable occupiers may include: retailers estate agents lawyers office supermarket chemist health centre doctors’ dentists’ vets’ surgery beautician and other therapiesRECENT PLANNING PREMISSION GRANTED Planning permission has recently been granted for the alteration, extension and subdivision of the building to form 2 ground floor Class 2 Units (now 1A) and a Class 3 Café Unit with a first-floor extension. The application and plans can be viewed on the East Lothian Council website under reference 22/01299/P.POTENTIAL FOR FURTHER ALTERATIONSWe believe there may be further scope vary the existing footprint of the building to form an entirely open plan floor plate, with an increased floor area pulling forward part of the front elevation and by forming a 1 first floor extension (first-floor), as highlighted in the below plan.This is in proportion with the build line, form, scale and overall proposals of the approved drawings (application numbers 22/01299/P and 22/01300/LBC), however further queries should be made with East Lothian Council.