success at Whittlesey

We are pleased to note that Fenland District Council have granted consent to Barratt & David Wilson Homes’ detailed planning application for 203 dwellings at Eastrea Road in Whittlesey. Our Transport Assessment and Travel Plan supported the application, and took in to account the neighbouring plot of land that will be occupied by Aldi. Layout by Urban Design.

appeal allowed – Banstead

A small but significant success for our client Charterpoint who have won their appeal (3271384) against Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. The site is a former commercial nursery and plant centre, that all agreed meant it is previously developed land. The Inspector decided that the proposed development of 10 dwellings would not be inappropriate development in the Green Belt, and allowed the appeal.

The application was supported by our Transport Statement. Through liaison with Surrey County Council, we demonstrated that the development would reduce the amount of traffic using the site, designed an access to modern standards, with footway connections to the existing network. There was no highways reason for refusal although the many objectors raised concerns about highways matters that the Inspector dismissed with reference to our report.

success – Uppingham Road, Oakham

Last night, Rutland County Council’s Plans Committee approved Davidsons’ detailed planning application for 84 dwellings on Uppingham Road in Oakham. It is an important point in the four year journey that we have followed with the project team, providing flood risk and drainage advice, along with highways and transport advice. It is pleasing to see the application over the line. The drainage strategy in particular required various iterations, as the development layout changed and evolved through the application process.

approval – Franks Road, Bardon Hill

Another of our Coalville projects gets planning consent from North West Leicestershire District Council. The detailed planning application by Charles Street Buildings sought permission for 44,000sqft of B2 and/or B8 use on a spare plot of land at the Bardon Hill industrial estate. The application was managed by Marrons Planning with layout design by SGP. We provided a Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy, and Transport Assessment. Levels complicated both drainage and highways, with the land falling to the River Sence to the north requiring tanked attenuation under the car park and complicating access from the end of the Franks Road cul-de-sac.

Appeal allowed – Ashland Road West

We are pleased to report that Bellway’s appeal against refusal of their 300 dwelling application at Ashland Road West in Sutton in Ashfield has been allowed on appeal. The outline application was submitted on 6 March 2020, at the start of the first lockdown. It was supported by our Transport Assessment, and despite pre-application scoping, we were asked to examine the traffic impacts at additional junctions, 14 in total. With no existing traffic counts, and the inability to carry out new counts because of the lockdown, the assessment process was extremely difficult. Nevertheless, through discussions with Nottinghamshire County Council, we resolved matters and highways was not a reason for refusal. The difficulties will stick long in the memory, and for that reason it is all the more pleasing to see Bellway’s efforts rewarded with consent.

success at Barlestone

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council have approved Leicestershire County Council’s planning application for 55 dwellings on Barton Road in Barlestone. The application was supported by our Transport Statement. The tricky issue for us was the conflict between the desired retention of trees and hedgerow fronting the site, which obstructed the visibility splays and prevented the proposed footways. A solution was negotiated and we are pleased to see the application granted consent. Illustrative masterplan by Pegasus Group.