February 2016

Representations submitted to the Sheffield Plan: Citywide Options for Growth consultation stage

Representations were made by DLP Planning  on behalf of various clients to the recent consultation stage of the emerging Sheffield Plan: Citywide Options for Growth to 2034.

Sheffield City Council sought the views of landowners, developers and the public on options for the nature and scale of growth in Sheffield over a 15-20 year period. The consultation document set out the challenge of opportunities for Sheffield, and gave a range of options for how to accommodate the new homes and jobs the city needs to meet its existing needs and a vision for future growth.

Options for growth included:

  1. Urban Capacity – continue with the current strategy of concentrating new development on brownfield sites within the existing urban areas. Greenfield development would be limited to sites already allocated in the current Local Plan or proposed by the Council in 2013 in the withdrawn Pre-submission Draft City Policies and Sites document.
  2. Urban Intensification – make more intensive use of sites within the existing urban areas by: relaxing amenity standards and increasing densities; emphasising City Centre living (including taller buildings in some locations); relaxing policies for the protection of green space to allow some surplus urban green space to be developed.
  3. Urban Remodelling – remodelling parts of the existing urban area to enable the reallocation of poorer quality employment uses for housing.
  4. Limited number of Larger Urban Extensions into the Green Belt – plan for a limited number of larger urban extensions (of at least 1,000 homes) into the Green Belt in locations that are well served by, or have potential to be served by, the Supertram network or rail services. Four areas have been identified as potential locations for these extensions: Stocksbridge and Upper Don Valley, East Sheffield (as an extension to Waverley in Rotherham Borough), South East Sheffield and East of Norton.
  5. Multiple Smaller Green Belt Releases – develop multiple smaller urban extensions around built-up areas and allow the redevelopment of existing previously developed sites in the Green Belt for housing.

The consultation document recognised that no single option has the ability to provide for the City’s needs, and therefore proposes a mix of the options which in turn will require a significant review of the City’s Green Belt boundaries.

DLP Planning provided comments on a range of consultation questions including the above options for growth, supported by modelling undertaken by DLP’s Strategic Planning & Research Unit which provided an objective assessment of the housing need of Sheffield.

Sheffield City Council anticipate a second stage of consultations on the draft Sheffield Plan in July-September 2016.

John HelyarRepresentations submitted to the Sheffield Plan: Citywide Options for Growth consultation stage
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Approval for the St George’s Heartspace Redevelopment at the University of Sheffield

An application for planning permission and Listed Building Consent was submitted on behalf of the University of Sheffield for the demolition of workshops and labs, alterations, improvements and repairs to the Sir Frederick Mappin Building and the Central Wing, and the erection of a glazed atrium to provide academic and administrative space alongside the creation of a new entrance to St. George’s Campus from Portobello Street. The scheme was designed by Bond Bryan Architects.

The Mappin Building and associated railings are Grade II Listed were added to the heritage list in 1973 and are located opposite the Listed St. George’s Church, from which the St. George’s Quarter of the City Centre takes its name. The St. George’s Campus is at the heart of the University of Sheffield’s city campus.

It was demonstrated that the proposal satisfied the need to upgrade the teaching facilities and meet the requirements for the University’s growing Engineering Faculty. This was essential to support the continued growth of student recruitment and research income as well as delivering a more sustainable building in terms of thermal performance. The improvements to the function of the buildings as well as the refurbishment of the listed elements and high quality new atrium Heartspace complied with the requirements of local and national planning policy.

Full planning permission and Listed Building Consent was granted on 23rd December 2015 with unanimous support from Council Members.

John HelyarApproval for the St George’s Heartspace Redevelopment at the University of Sheffield
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DLP secures planning permission for up to 146 new dwellings in Chesterfield

In January 2016, outline planning permission was secured by DLP Planning for up to 146 dwellings on the former Cammac Coal Yard, off Dunston Road in Chesterfield.

The site was allocated as employment land in the Local Plan, however, the application successfully demonstrated that there was no reasonable prospect of it coming forward for this use.

The conflict with the land use allocation in the development plan was outweighed by the re-use of a brownfield site for housing. The additional benefits of the remediation of the land and the significant contribution the site would make to increasing the supply and rate of delivery of housing in the Borough were also afforded weight in making a positive decision on the proposals.

Members of Chesterfield Council’s Planning Committee voted to support the Officer’s recommendation for approval, subject to conditions and completion of a legal agreement.

John HelyarDLP secures planning permission for up to 146 new dwellings in Chesterfield
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DLP secures planning permission for 6 dwellings in Holmesfield, Derbyshire

In December 2015, planning permission was secured for the conversion of a Public House, barn and the erection of 4 new dwellings on the site of the former Horns Inn, Holmesfield.

The site lies within a Conservation Area of in a picturesque village on the fringe of the Peak District National Park. The application prepared by DLP successfully demonstrated the proposal to be a sympathetic redevelopment, whilst retaining the buildings of heritage value and providing much needed accommodation and outweighed any conflict with the Local Plan.

North East Derbyshire District Council granted the application for approval under delegated powers subject to conditions.

John HelyarDLP secures planning permission for 6 dwellings in Holmesfield, Derbyshire
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Approval for additional change of use of the former Depot, Caxton, in South Cambridgeshire

DLP Planning Ltd have successfully secured delegated approval for a further change of use of the former Depot, Caxton, in South Cambridgeshire.

Previous successful applications had secured a change of use from a Sui Generis Go-Kart Track and Motor Sales site to a Storage (Use Class B8), Timber Reclaim and Joinery (Use Class B1c) including a Trade Counter (Use Class A1).  In addition the provision of a new vehicular access, along with associated car parking and landscaping was also approved.

The application was made on behalf of SDC, who has since occupied the site to utilise it as a building storage yard and joinery, to support their construction projects within the region, with the trade counter subsidising this use through the construction/DIY related sales.

The current application sought a change of use of part of the main building to allow a local start up business “Giggle & Wiggle”, for a D2 leisure use for a soft play centre. Our client had struggled to find suitable premises for their start up business, due to the bespoke requirements of the use, such as large internal space within a commutable distance or the nearby local villages.

Following a negative pre-application response from the Council regarding concerns over the proposed location of the new business, DLP prepared a detailed Planning Statement, setting out the planning balance of the re-use of this previously developed site and the benefits of increased employment for the local area. This was supported by a business plan, undertaken in conjunction with the client, demonstrating their failed attempts to find a more central village site to meet the needs of the business.

The nature of the description of the planning application  meant that should the business fail or relocate in the future, then the use of the site would revert back to Class B8 (Storage and Distribution) thus allowing continued employment use.

Matrix Transport and Infrastructure Consultants Limited supported the application with a detailed Transport Statement and negotiated with the Local Highway Authority satisfying them that intensification of vehicle movements was within the capacity of the newly approved junction onto the highway.

John HelyarApproval for additional change of use of the former Depot, Caxton, in South Cambridgeshire
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