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Fisher Close – resolution to grant

A project that began for us in August 2008, has finally cleared an important hurdle. The land to the rear of Fisher Close in Sutton in Ashfield has been promoted for residential development through the Ashfield Local Plan for many years. The Local Plan has been through a difficult time, and an outline planning application was made in November 2020. Matters were resolved with the local highway authority, and the development was recommended for approval. Despite that, it was deferred at planning committee for highways reasons, and so we addressed the committee and responded to their questions at its second presentation on 6 October 2021. The members voted 5-4 to grant permission. Layout by IBA Planning.

Burbage appeal allowed

The Planning Inspectorate have allowed Davidsons’ appeal against refusal of their application in Burbage. The application was supported by our Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy. It was also supported by our Transport Assessment and Travel Plan. Despite their being no highways reason for refusal, interested parties appeared at the Inquiry and raised a number of highways matters, which we had to be on hand to respond to. Nevertheless, the key issue was impact on the landscape, ably dealt with by Pegasus Group.

consent – former Ironbridge power station

A journey that started more than three years ago has passed an important milestone. Telford & Wrekin resolved to grant consent at their planning committee last month, and this week Shropshire Council did the same. It means we move into the next phase, resolving conditions and obligations, to get the S106 agreement signed, and detailed design of the infrastructure to deliver the 1,000 houses, employment, and other elements. Work has already begun on Phase 1. A fantastic result for Harworth Group and their team, and just reward for much hard work by our teams.

Huntingdon Street student accommodation approved

Working with Bildurn and Franklin Ellis Architects, a scheme of student accommodation on Huntingdon Street was approved by Nottingham City Council this week. Our Transport Assessment and Travel Plan, for a car free development, was not the vital part of the application. Nevertheless, the details need to be taken care of and we demonstrated that refuse vehicles could access the development, student’s could be dropped off and collected without blocking the busy surrounding streets, there was sufficient cycle parking, and other essentials. As a site on our doorstep, it was pleasing to see the success, and we will be watching the delivery progress on a daily basis. Image below by FEA.

55 miles complete

On Sunday, Briony Cheeseman and her friend Charlie completed the 55 miles London to Brighton Cycle 2021 raising over £2,500 for Bowel Cancer UK. A great effort and she managed to cycle up the famous Ditchling Beacon without stopping. The photo below from the finish line. Super effort Briony and a great cause, on one of our favourite forms of transport 🚲

work starts on site – Bardon Hill

This week, Winvic started construction on Harworth Group’s industrial and logistics development at Bardon Hill. We assisted with the outline consent in July 2019, the subsequent reserved matters consent, and we have been working with Harworth and Winvic on the detailed earthworks, highway, and drainage designs. It is great to see the start of delivery and our designs being realised.

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.