West Works, Corby

We are pleased to report that Warmflame Development’s planning application for their Westworks employment development in Corby was granted consent last week by North Northamptonshire Council.  The proposals comprise of the redevelopment of the western part of the Tata Steel Works to provide up to 172,050sqm of flexible class E(g)(iii) / B2 / B8 uses.  The development will be accessed via a new signal controlled junction onto the A427 Weldon Road.  Our work involved the production of a Scoping Report, Transport Assessment, Framework Travel Plan, and traffic data input to the noise and air quality assessments.  UMC Architects illustrative masterplan is below.

Swinderby success

We are pleased to report that North Kesteven District Council have granted full planning consent to a development on Moor Lane in Swinderby. The 130 new homes, three office units, and a community shop, will take the place of an abandoned packaging factory. Acting on behalf of Peter Sowerby Homes we prepared a Transport Statement in support of the application. Detailed layout by Steven Dunn Architects.

consent at Campbeltown Road, Birkenhead

Another success for Tungsten Properties as Wirral Council’s Planning Committee voted unanimously to grant a proposed industrial unit with 490,000sqft (45,523sqm) of flexible Class E (G)(iii) / B2 / B8 use on land to the east of Campbeltown Road.  The development proposal will provide 439 car parking spaces, 72 HGV loading bays, and 131 HGV parking spaces.

Our work involved the production of a Scoping Report, Transport Assessment, Framework Travel Plan, and traffic data input to the noise and air quality assessments.  The site forms part of the former Cammell Laird’s Shipyard site within the designated Costal Zone and the Liverpool City Region Freeport, bound by the River Mersey and Tranmere Oil Terminal. Wirral Council’s highways officers raised no objections to the proposals, although further work was required to address an objection by Tranmere Oil’s Transport Consultants.  HTC’s masterplan is below.

Summit Avenue, Farnborough

We are pleased to report that Kennedy Wilson’s planning application for employment use on land at Summit Avenue in Farnborough was granted consent last week by Rushmoor Borough Council.  The development proposals comprise the demolition of three existing office buildings to provide a single industrial unit with 146,300sqft (13,592sqm) GFA.  A flexible Class E (G)(iii) / B2 / B8 use with 24hour operation was granted. There were a number of challenges to overcome associated with the HGV generation of the 24 hour operation and the parking provision.  HTC’s masterplan is below.

success (at last) – Padge Hall Farm

We are pleased to report the final hurdle having been crossed in gaining consent for a large industrial project at Padge Hall Farm, south of the A5 at Hinckley and east of The Long Shoot in Nuneaton. Mountpark submitted a hybrid application seeking outline consent for 1.4 million sqft of B2/B8 floorspace, plus detailed consent for Unit 1, that will provide 600,000sqft to be used by logistics company Syncreon. The cross boundary application, ably marshalled by Oxalis Planning, has been granted consent by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Rugby Borough Council, and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

All our services were involved. The Transport Planning team undertook strategic traffic modelling, detailed modelling of 15 study area junctions, and micro simulation modelling of the A5 corridor, in order to gain no objections from National Highways, Warwickshire County Council, and Leicestershire County Council. The proposals include a new access on the A5, a scheme of mitigation works to the A5/A47 Dodwells Roundabout, pedestrian and cycle measures along the A5, and enhancements to the local bus service. A key feature of the proposals is the lowering of the A5 carriageway under the railway bridge on the eastern boundary of the site – the most bashed bridge in the UK. Each strike is estimated to cost the local economy about £20m, often resulting in the closure of the A5, leading to significant delay and congestion on the surrounding roads. Our Infrastructure Design team demonstrated a scheme is deliverable, and our Water Management team gained acceptance that the works can be appropriately drained, with National Highways concluding that the works would provide “substantial betterment to the operation of the existing A5”. We now look forward to the detailed design phase of the project. DFC Architecture’s illustrative masterplan below.