I am hoping to convert the upper floor of a shop into residential.
All architects have recommended 2 bedrooms, but planning are unhappy and may refuse, as the middle bedroom would only have a velux window in the ceiling (high) and a fire door to a protected staircase.
The planners are saying there is no quality of life in a bedroom with no external view. Is this normal grounds for refusal?
There are many people who will be happy to find a one bedroom flat with a walk in wardrobe. Especially if the living rooms are large. Trying to fit in two bedrooms is probably the wrong way to go. Storage is a big problem for many people these days.