Charnwood Borough Council’s Plans Committee have approved the Broadnook Garden Suburb, 8-0. The hybrid application for 1,950 homes plus employment, local centre, country park, primary school, care village, etc, was submitted in 2016. Just north of the A46/A6 junction at Birstall, our work included resolving transport issues, through extensive dialogue with Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and Highways England. Various elements of the application were in detail, including 193 houses, for which we designed the highway layout and its connection back to the A6 access junction. Our next task is gaining technical approval of the S278 works, and the on-site ground works, roads and drainage.
Another success for our Water Management team as a site with a high risk of surface water flooding gains approval from the Lead Local Flood Authority. Our mitigation scheme includes capturing and redirecting the overland water flow via earthworks and ditches to a new storage basin. From there, an existing culvert is improved and a new surface water culvert is provided alongside the access road to provide an alternative discharge route.
Another public consultation. This time for a residential development of 80 houses plus extension to Rothley Primary School. Parking problems created around the school was the big issue. Although there is a separate car park, it isn’t used because it is difficult to get out when others are coming in, a snippet of local knowledge that would have been missed without the opportunity to hear local’s views. Consultation website here. Planning by Pegasus Group and masterplan by nineteen47.
The Inspector has written her report and allowed the school’s appeal. She found that on the balance of probability the parking had occurred for more than 10 years, its character had not altered, and therefore there has been no change of use, or intensification of use. Original post.
Stuart had a very enjoyable afternoon on Friday attending the official launch of the rail freight interchange at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway. The rail freight interchange forms part of the £100 million infrastructure investment by SEGRO at the East Midlands Gateway site. The rail interchange will facilitate modal transfer from road freight to rail freight, helping to reduce carbon emissions. The interchange was opened by Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minster of State at the Department for Transport, David Sleath, Chief Executive of SEGRO, and John Williams, Executive Chairman of Maritime. Stuart authored the Transport Assessment and was part of the team that secured the Development Consent Order back in 2016 for this Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. ADC have since provided ongoing transport advice during the site build out, including work to support the proposals for Maritime’s flagship headquarters to be located at the rail freight interchange. So, it is very gratifying to see this important component of the site officially open.
Working with Browne Jacobson, we have provided expert witness services to the Excellence in Education Trust in their appeal against an enforcement notice against the Oakington Manor Primary School. The large primary school sells up to 350 car parking spaces in the school grounds for events at Wembley, which the London Borough of Brent wished to stop. The school rely on the funds the parking generates and decided to fight the case.
A Public Inquiry determined the use had been continuous for more than 10 years, since the new stadium opened in 2007, and was therefore exempt from enforcement. The High Court quashed that decision because the Inspector failed to consider whether there had been a material change of use because of intensification when Tottenham Hotspur FC played their home games at Wembley, from 2016 to 2018. So a second Public Inquiry was held, and has just finished, to consider that matter and also whether the car parking should be allowed anyway even if the 10 years couldn’t be proved.
As well as the fascinating legal arguments, it was great to see the regeneration going on around the stadium. The Inquiry took place in the Brent Civic Centre, a beautiful building by Hopkins Architects.
Working with Marchini Curran Associates, and Abode Senior Living, we are pleased to report planning approval has been granted for a high quality retirement living scheme at Caldecott Square in Rugby. We provided flood risk and drainage, and transport planning advice to support the application. Located in the centre of Rugby, with a site wrapped around an existing listed building, the biggest challenges were access by delivery, refuse, and emergency services vehicles, and the determination of a suitable level of car parking.