Newport council approves art studio and chiropractor plans

An office block in central Newport could be converted into an art studio, after council planners approved a proposed change of use.

They also approved separate plans to turn the building next door into a chiropractic clinic.

The properties, located at 12 and 12A Clifton Road, are currently listed as offices – and are opposite St Woolos Cathedral.

But now a “professional artist and art educator” has been allowed to move into number 12A and start giving lessons there.

No extensions or changes have been proposed, and the applicant has stated that the premises “already contain all the facilities necessary for the intended use”.

As part of these plans, art classes can be held there on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Up to 12 students will be allowed in the studio at a time, and the applicant “indicated that classes would not generate high noise levels as they are quiet and contemplative in nature.”

Council planners noted that the art studio proposal was “of a relatively minor scale and the commercial activities are quiet in nature”.

While some parking issues have been raised, planners said the premises are in a “sustainable location with access to local parking, council paid and posted parking and bus routes and bus stops within the both directions”.

They also noted positive comments from a neighbor who, responding to the consultation on the plans, said it would be “nice to see the building renovated and put to good use”.

Meanwhile, planners have also authorized the conversion of 12 Clifton Road from offices to a chiropractic clinic.

The property “appears currently vacant, having recently been used as offices occupied by a law firm”.

No exterior extensions or modifications have been proposed, and the clinic would include a reception area, two treatment rooms, toilets and a staff kitchen on the ground floor.

The offices would be located upstairs and would support the main activity.

Planning documents show that three staff members would work at the clinic – a chiropractor, a podiatrist and a receptionist.

If the clinic goes ahead, it will open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

Some objections from neighbors have been lodged, around an ‘increased view’ of neighboring properties and also claim that work has already been done on the building, but planners who carried out a site visit decided ‘it didn’t seem like there was any work going on.”

Again parking issues were raised, but the council said ‘it is not considered that the lack of off-road parking presented by the change of use would justify denial of the application’.

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