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approval – Franks Road, Bardon Hill

Another of our Coalville projects gets planning consent from North West Leicestershire District Council. The detailed planning application by Charles Street Buildings sought permission for 44,000sqft of B2 and/or B8 use on a spare plot of land at the Bardon Hill industrial estate. The application was managed by Marrons Planning with layout design by SGP. We provided a Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy, and Transport Assessment. Levels complicated both drainage and highways, with the land falling to the River Sence to the north requiring tanked attenuation under the car park and complicating access from the end of the Franks Road cul-de-sac.

Appeal allowed – Ashland Road West

We are pleased to report that Bellway’s appeal against refusal of their 300 dwelling application at Ashland Road West in Sutton in Ashfield has been allowed on appeal. The outline application was submitted on 6 March 2020, at the start of the first lockdown. It was supported by our Transport Assessment, and despite pre-application scoping, we were asked to examine the traffic impacts at additional junctions, 14 in total. With no existing traffic counts, and the inability to carry out new counts because of the lockdown, the assessment process was extremely difficult. Nevertheless, through discussions with Nottinghamshire County Council, we resolved matters and highways was not a reason for refusal. The difficulties will stick long in the memory, and for that reason it is all the more pleasing to see Bellway’s efforts rewarded with consent.

success at Barlestone

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council have approved Leicestershire County Council’s planning application for 55 dwellings on Barton Road in Barlestone. The application was supported by our Transport Statement. The tricky issue for us was the conflict between the desired retention of trees and hedgerow fronting the site, which obstructed the visibility splays and prevented the proposed footways. A solution was negotiated and we are pleased to see the application granted consent. Illustrative masterplan by Pegasus Group.

Cossington – approved

We are pleased to report that Charnwood Borough Council have approved Clarendon Land and Development’s outline application for 130 houses on land to the east of Main Street in Cossington. For us the challenges were about access. Firstly, because the access was on a bend, so we had to prove that adequate visibility could be provided. And secondly, because the access is in Flood Zone 3. Hydraulic modelling of the watercourse demonstrated that the extent of flooding was not as extensive as shown on the EA’s map, and that the 1 in 100 year (+30%) maximum fluvial flood depth on Main Street is 260mm, which only occurs in small isolated areas, with flood depths more typically not exceeding 100mm. An area of land within the site was set aside to compensate for building the access in the floodplain, and an emergency access was provided on Humble Lane, outside flood risk areas. With all these provisions, the access was deemed acceptable by all authorities.

Bardon 3 – Appeal allowed

Some good news to start the week, as we learn that Mountpark and Cuvette’s appeal against refusal of a new employment scheme has been allowed. The application sought outline consent for 89,200sqm of B2 (general industrial) and B8 (warehousing) use on a site south of the B585 Wood Lane, in the Bardon Hill employment area. Known as Bardon 3, the development will be opposite Bardon 2, which is progressively being occupied. Although our transport work resolved matters at the application stage with Leicestershire County Council and National Highways, we provided expert witness advice at the Public Inquiry to respond to interested parties. Landscape Strategy Plan below by FPCR, planning consultancy by Oxalis Planning.

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.