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appeal success – Stoke Golding

After much hard work, we are pleased to report a magnificent team effort has reaped the rewards of an allowed appeal at Wykin Lane in Stoke Golding. Davidsons Developments Limited applied for outline consent for 55 dwellings in November 2019. The application was supported by our Flood Risk Statement and Drainage Strategy, and Transport Statement. Despite a recommendation of approval by the Council’s officers, the councillor’s refused the application in June 2020. One of the two reasons for refusal was related to highways matters, and at the virtual public inquiry held over two weeks in April 2021, David Cummins gave expert witness evidence, with support from Rebecca Leconte. In his decision, the Inspector agreed that the development with the proposed mitigation would not conflict with paragraph 109 of the NPPF, which aims to prevent development on highways grounds if there would be an unacceptable impact on highway safety.

success at Clare Road

At Ashfield District Council’s first physical committee, the Council approved Westerman’s application for 69 dwellings on Clare Road in Sutton in Ashfield. The application was supported by our Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy, and Transport Statement. Formerly a draft allocation in the now withdrawn 2016 plan, the Councillor’s agreed that the benefits of delivering houses in the face of a housing land supply shortfall outweighed the loss of open space.

Leconfield Road, Nanpantan

Steep gradients and difficult ground conditions have not prevented us satisfying the highway adoption requirements of Leicestershire County Council to gain their acceptance of a housing scheme at the end of Leconfield road in Nanpantan. Working for Bowbridge Homes, there has been a fantastic collaborative effort by all the various consultants to overcome constraints due to landscape, heritage, planning, geology, ground conditions, and ecology, all within one relatively small but challenging site.

brewing nicely at Everards Meadows

We have been working for some time with Everards to support their plans for Phase 2 of Everards Meadows. Franklin Ellis Architects have produced some exciting plans, which are being consulted on in advance of a planning application: https://www.everardsmeadows-haveyoursay.co.uk/

Everards own around 170 pubs, and are building Phase 1, which will include a new beer hall that is planned to open on 3 June. It will stand next to a new brewery that will come online over the coming months. Phase 1 also includes the new Everards headquarters, Jenno’s Coffee House, and Rutland Cycling, which opened in 2019.

Phase 2 is the adjacent 70 acre site, and proposals include a new 50-80 bedroom hotel, and the creation of a mixed campus, with up to seven new buildings, set around a tree-lined square. The development will have a green and leafy feel, with landscaping and trees, alongside infrastructure for cyclists, pedestrians, and vehicles. The area is popular with cyclists and walkers who can access the neighbouring Soar Valley and surrounding countryside from a network of paths and cycles routes.

The site is next to Fosse Park, close to M1 Junction 21, and surrounded by major roads that handle significant amounts of traffic. We have been modelling the traffic impact of the development using a Paramics model, while liaising with Leicestershire County Council, Highways England, and Leicester City Council.

Forbes Park Phase 2 consented

Clowes Group have secured planning consent for Phase 2 of their Forbes Park development on Fields Farm Road in Long Eaton. Erewash Borough Council granted the development of 32,946sqft of B1c/B2/B8 use. Our Transport Assessment supported the development and in particular focussed on the swept paths of articulated HGVs manoeuvring at the access and within the service yards.

Thurnby approved

We are pleased to report that Charterpoint have secured planning consent from Harborough District Council for a 73 bedroom residential care home on the A47 Uppingham Road at Thurnby. The application was supported by our Transport Assessment, the key matter being the design of the access, including demonstrating adequate visibility and road safety.