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Bootle Canalside approved

We are pleased to report that Sefton Council have granted temporary permission for five years for a street-food, market, and outdoor events destination at Bootle Canalside. The development comprises temporary hot food takeaway stalls, with 22 shipping containers for food and drink, storage, welfare, site management, and community uses. The development is on derelict land previously used as a Royal Mail Delivery Office. The application was supported by our Transport Statement, and a Minimum Standard Accessibility Appraisal in the Council’s format. The notable aspect was timing, following a last minute request for highways advice, we were approached by Leonard Design Architects to assist on 29 April 2021, the application was submitted on 8 May 2021, and a decision notice was issued 3 August 2021. In the meantime, works have been underway to transfrom the area and the Council is have only one street-food unit left to lease in advance of the first pop-up event over the August Bank Holiday.

Rothley permitted

We are pleased to report that the outline planning application at Rothley for 80 houses plus extension to the primary school was approved by Charnwood Borough Council on Thursday (17 June). Following the public consultation event we reported on in March 2020, an application was submitted. We advised on flood risk and drainage, and transport matters, which we resolved with the relevant consultees. Although not an allocated site, the housing shortfall meant an officer’s recommendation to approve, which the planning committee endorsed. Flooding around the Rothley Brook was a key input to the masterplanning, not just from the watercourse but also the area at potential risk from reservoir flooding if there was a failure of the Groby Pool and Thornton Reservoir.

another completed scheme

Completed schemes are coming thick and fast, as the new traffic signal controlled junction on Higham Lane in Nuneaton has recently been opened. We assisted Persimmon gain planning consent for their residential development in 2018, carried out the S278 detailed design, and now the junction is open to traffic as part of Persimmon’s Eaton Place development.

death star roundabout

An aerial view of the ‘death star’ roundabout on Grange Road in Coalville, now open to traffic. Encouraged by Harworth Group, the landscaping by Studio 413 gives a nod to Palitoy, who were founded in Coalville. S278 detailed design by our Infrastructure Design team as part of the enabling infrastructure for the wider South East Coalville/Hugglescote Grange scheme being delivered by Harworth.

consent at Tamworth Road, Sawley

North West Leicestershire District Council have approved the development proposal at Sawley. Newlands Developments sought outline consent for 849,000sqft of storage, distribution, and general industrial space on the 127 acre site, with a construction cost of £230m. Our Transport Assessment and Travel Plan accompanied the application. The most challenging task was achieving an access junction within tight constraints, including an existing public right of way, easement for the Derwent Valley Aqueduct, flood risk issues along Tamworth Road, and a tight land ownership boundary.