speedy team work – Caxton Drive, Bedford

From a first telephone call on 28 April, to permission granted today, with the applicant wishing to have no conditions, it has taken just 14 weeks to successfully gain consent for a B8 trade counter unit in Bedford.  For us the main issue was car parking, and the number of spaces required given the retail element.  We got there with a couple of iterations and help from a responsive highways officers at Bedford Borough Council.  Team work provided by Tungsten Properties, Pegasus Group, and HTC Architects


varied conditions

Sometimes our successes can be highly technical, but nevertheless important.  Having supported a planning application for 500 dwellings, school and retail units at land to the west of Toton Lane in Nottingham, the permission was conditional on works to M1 J25.  Following further analysis and detailed traffic modelling, we have persuaded Highways England they can remove that condition, saving our client considerable time and cost.


6:5 – a close call in Great Glen

Miller Homes’ resubmitted planning application for 170 dwellings at Oaks Road was approved at Harborough’s planning committee by a squeeky 6 votes to 5.  Considerable objections on every front by Hands Off Great Glen had to be rebutted over many months, following the refusal of the original application that has been scheduled for appeal by Public Inquiry in October.  Despite no objection from Leicestershire County Council, additional camera and journey time surveys were necessary to evidence the traffic conditions on Oaks Road and address objections on the basis of road safety due to parked cars. 


Bardon Hill expands again

Outline consent has been granted for a 1.3m sqft employment scheme that extends the space available at the Bardon Hill area in Coalville.  The site on West Lane is immediately southeast of the new Amazon warehouse on Beveridge Lane that was promoted by the same developer.  The application was supported by our Transport Assessment and Travel Plan, which examined the traffic impacts at 13 off-site junctions and received no objections from Leicestershire County Council.  In fact, no objections were received on any topic and the consent was a delegated decision by officers of both North West Leicestershire and Hinckley & Bosworth District Councils, as the site straddles both areas.  We are now progressing the detailed design of the Section 278 works on behalf of Mountpark and their contractor Winvic Construction.

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Mill Green Road, Pinchbeck

Last night South Holland District Council’s planning committee granted outline consent for residential development of a former plant nursery to the southwest of Pinchbeck. Because of traffic impacts on single track rural roads to the west, the development was reduced in scale to 100 dwellings. That gained the approval of Lincolnshire County Council and removed the last barrier to approval.


Cinderhill appointment

We are grateful for our continuing appointment as part of Harworth’s team to help promote the Cinderhill site near Denby in Derbyshire.  The mixed use proposal includes 3,000 houses, 12ha of employment land, plus a new junction on the A38 trunk road.  The site is in Amber Valley’s ​Draft Local Plan and the next step is to persaude the examination in public Inspector that the site is deliverable.  To that aim, Harworth have begun a public consultation exercise – details here: