April 2016

Planning application submitted for new dwellinghouse in Whiston

DLP Planning Ltd has submitted an application to Rotherham Borough Council on behalf of a private landowner for a new dwellinghouse on a former allotment site in the village of Whiston.

The site at Well Lane, Whiston was formerly used as an allotment but in recent years has not been maintained, and the application seeks to find an active beneficial use. Whiston Brook lies immediately beyond the site’s northern boundary, and extensive modelling has been undertaken to demonstrate that the majority of the site is actually in an area at low risk of flooding, with only the land closest to the Brook at a higher risk, and this directed the design process which located the proposed dwelling on the part of the site at lowest risk of flooding.

The carefully designed scheme, prepared by Architectural Innovation Ltd, has been informed by the character of the Whiston Conservation Area, and takes into account a historic well at the site entrance. A number of protected trees within the site will also be retained.

The application proposal also seeks to retain a number of temporary storage units which will be screened from the surrounding Conservation Area by the natural vegetation at the site.

DLP Planning Ltd has submitted an application to Rotherham Borough Council on behalf of a private landowner for a new dwellinghouse on a former allotment site in the village of Whiston.

Whiston ground model-colour-April-2016

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Planning permission secured for Two Detached Dwellings in the Green Belt

In April 2016, DLP Planning Ltd secured full planning permission for the construction of two large detached dwellings on Hathersage Road to the west of Totley, Sheffield.

The site is within the Green Belt and on the fringe of the Peak District National Park. The application successfully demonstrated that the demolition of a redundant building for the sympathetic redevelopment of the site for two new large dwellings demonstrated ‘very special circumstances’, would not have a negative impact on the Green Belt and was sympathetic to its rural location.

Sheffield City Council granted the application for approval under delegated powers subject to conditions.

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Tripwire

Charles Robinson, a Director in the Rugby office, recently organised and chaired a conference as part of the West Midlands RTPI Season Ticket series of seminars. This conference sought to examine the issue of housing land supply from the aspect of identifying the different components of need and then looking to see how these needs might be met in the longer term to meet the changing economic and social environment now facing the country. This was reported in the regional magazine of the West Midlands RTPI, ‘Tripwire’.

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DLP Planning Ltd submits representations for a sustainable new settlement at Twinwoods, Bedford

DLP Planning Ltd have submitted representations to Bedford Borough Council’s ‘Call for Sites’ and the accompanying ‘Issues and Options’ consultation on behalf of Marcol and Bedfordia to create a sustainable new village at the Twinwoods Business Park, located to the north of Bedford.

The submission was made as part of the response to the Council’s development plan review, and is well timed following the government’s Budget announcement on new settlements and the potential support it is proposing to make available to council’s where these are seen as a positive response to meeting local needs and increasing the supply of housing.

The landholding, which overall extends to some 900 hectares and is in the ownership of both Marcol and Bedfordia, currently comprises the Twinwoods Business Park, originally an MOD owned wind tunnel and aerodynamics research site acquired by Marcol out of receivership in 2015, and surrounding agricultural land owned and farmed by Bedfordia.

The ‘scheme vision’ is to create a self-sustaining new settlement on the under-used and previously developed land at Twinwoods Business Park and the surrounding land, which will make a substantial contribution to meeting the Borough’s long term housing and growth needs and provide a range of wider community benefits.

The submissions, supported by an initial ‘concept masterplan’ prepared by be1 Architects, Matrix Transportation and Infrastructure Ltd and the Landmark Practice provides for a fully self-supporting and sustainable new settlement providing up to 6,000 high quality homes, including affordable, starter and self-build housing, together with supporting community facilities, local shopping, medical facilities and schools, new business related development and a wide range of recreation land, public open and greenspaces.

The development concept extends over some 450 hectares of land, of which approximately 230 hectares comprises built development, a large part of which is previously developed land formed of the Twinwoods Business Park.

The scheme will also provide for extensive areas of new green infrastructure associated with the development, this extending to approximately 220 hectares of land and will be designed to including a wide mix of formal and informal recreational and play space areas, strategic and local landscape and amenity land, new public woodland zones and areas for biodiversity enhancement.

The balance of the land will remain in agricultural use but will be positively managed to provide both further landscape and amenity zones and green corridors that will contribute to the setting of the proposed new settlement.

A key element of the proposal is transport sustainability. The site lies close to Bedford and is accessed via the A6, a strategic transport route. The proposal provides for a diversion of the A6 around the villages of Milton Ernest and Bletsoe and thus will bypass for those communities and improve the traffic capacity/operation of the route.

Further off-site improvements will be planned in cooperation with the Highway Authority and local communities so as to improve local networks and provide amenity improvements in nearby villages. There will also be provision for public transport and a strategy for extending footpaths, cycle and bridleways.

The promoters have been in active engagement with a number of local parish councils and Members over the proposals and are working towards a series of planning workshops with community groups alongside technical consultants to develop the proposals.
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dlpDLP Planning Ltd submits representations for a sustainable new settlement at Twinwoods, Bedford
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Land Rear of Bedford Road, Houghton Conquest

DLP Planning Ltd has secured a resolution to grant outline planning permission for circa 52 dwellings, subject to a S.106 legal Agreement. The scheme includes policy compliant affordable housing and age restricted bungalows, on the edge of Houghton Conquest Bedfordshire.

The application was submitted following pre-application discussions with the Council and community engagement with the Parish Council and Ward Member. The proposal represents a low density scheme, at approximately 20 dwellings per hectare, and would provide a spacious layout with generous gardens, on-plot parking, sustainable urban drainage and an area of public play.

The site lies adjacent to the development boundary of Houghton Conquest and is adjoined by existing development on three sides, such that the proposal effectively infills an existing gap. Houghton Conquest is a large village offering a range of services and facilities to local residents, but is also serviced by the wider catchment of the Wixams development.

DLP, working with be1 Architects, Aspect Landscape Planning and Matrix Transport & Infrastructure Consultants, successfully demonstrated that the proposal would make a positive contribution to the housing need in the area and that there are clear benefits to the scheme that would outweigh any harm. This includes structural landscaping that provides a softer edge to the village and more defensible boundary with the countryside beyond and enhanced traffic calming works, upon the Bedford Road.

The Planning Authority agreed that in light of the presumption in favour of sustainable development, the development proposal represents a suitable location for new development, which in the absence of any constraints to development is achievable, and the benefits of the scheme far outweigh the impact of the development.

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dlpLand Rear of Bedford Road, Houghton Conquest
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Land Rear of Bedford Road, Houghton Conquest

DLP Planning Ltd has secured a resolution to grant outline planning permission for circa 52 dwellings, subject to a S.106 legal Agreement. The scheme includes policy compliant affordable housing and age restricted bungalows, on the edge of Houghton Conquest Bedfordshire.

The application was submitted following pre-application discussions with the Council and community engagement with the Parish Council and Ward Member. The proposal represents a low density scheme, at approximately 20 dwellings per hectare, and would provide a spacious layout with generous gardens, on-plot parking, sustainable urban drainage and an area of public play.

The site lies adjacent to the development boundary of Houghton Conquest and is adjoined by existing development on three sides, such that the proposal effectively infills an existing gap. Houghton Conquest is a large village offering a range of services and facilities to local residents, but is also serviced by the wider catchment of the Wixams development.

DLP, working with be1 Architects, Aspect Landscape Planning and Matrix Transport & Infrastructure Consultants, successfully demonstrated that the proposal would make a positive contribution to the housing need in the area and that there are clear benefits to the scheme that would outweigh any harm. This includes structural landscaping that provides a softer edge to the village and more defensible boundary with the countryside beyond and enhanced traffic calming works, upon the Bedford Road.

The Planning Authority agreed that in light of the presumption in favour of sustainable development, the development proposal represents a suitable location for new development, which in the absence of any constraints to development is achievable, and the benefits of the scheme far outweigh the impact of the development.

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Station Road, Turvey

DLP Planning Ltd have submitted to Bedford Borough Council an application for the erection of up to 49 dwellings on land off Station Road, Turvey.

The previously developed site, which extends to 2.6 hectares, has the benefit of an implemented planning permission for a 146 unit CCRC scheme, which was obtained by DLP in 2011.  That scheme however, failed to find an investor/developer, and having had the principle of development established it is now put forward for general housing.

The proposal is based on a master plan provided by Bedford based architects be1 Architects Ltd (illustration below), and is supported by highways and transportation assessments prepared by Matrix Transport and Infrastructure Consultants Ltd.

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Box End, Kempston

DLP Planning Ltd have recently completed a four day Public Local Inquiry in respect of a refusal by Bedford Borough Council to grant planning permission for the development of land for residential development purposes at Box End, Kempston.

The Box End site has the benefit of planning permission for a 70 bedroom hotel development granted in 1989 and commenced some years later, which has not been built out. There had been earlier proposals for residential development of the site which were resisted on the loss of employment land, however, the scheme advanced by DLP was for the development of 11 large detached units set within a landscaped setting which also sought to reinstate the ‘pleasure grounds’ attached to a grade II* listed building, Box End House.

DLP argued that the ‘fall back’ of the completion of the hotel would have a significant impact on the setting of the listed building, whereas the residential development was accepted by the planning authority to cause ‘less than significant harm’.

The planning authority argued that the fall-back position was untenable, and in countering this DLP advanced recent assessment reports prepared on behalf of the Council for its local plan review which identified a series of drivers for new hotel development, there being ‘unmet demand’ in the area for new hotel accommodation. One such driver was the leisure market, the site being located adjacent to a significant leisure attractor, Box End Water Park.

The Council also argued the site was isolated and unsustainable however, it is located some 1.7km from the urban area and whilst poorly served in terms of bus services would necessitate only minimal car journeys to access a range of services and facilities, in accordance with Framework advice.

A further element of the case put by both parties related to housing land supply, DLP arguing on the basis of a deficit in five year supply set against extant development plan targets and their own assessment of need. The council, in refuting this, sought to rely on a newly published but untested OAN which suggests that the council have a large surplus in the supply of land.

A decision on the appeal is expected in April.

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Land at Woodcote, Aspley Guise

DLP Planning Ltd have secured planning permission for the erection of two large detached dwellings in the village of Aspley Guise, Central Bedfordshire, on land washed over by greenbelt designation.

An initial application was rejected by Central Bedfordshire Council as being in conflict with greenbelt policy. DLP Planning Ltd however, argued on the basis of the ruling made by the Court of Appeal in the case of Wood v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2015] EWCA Civ 195, that decisions on development in greenbelt villages should be made by reference to ‘the position on the ground’ rather than by boundaries imposed under now out of date planning policy guidance. The LPA however, argued that the policy, which restricted infill development to areas within a designated line, remained valid but subsequently accepted the arguments put forward by DLP on the basis of the effect of the Appeal Court ruling.

The proposal advanced, which comprises two large detached dwellings designed by be1 Architects Ltd, will be built on an area of unused garden land and will be set within an enclosed landscape setting.

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Land off High Street Edlesborough

DLP Planning Ltd have obtained a resolution to grant planning permission for the residential development of land off High Street, Edlesborough, Bucks.

The scheme proposes 57 dwellings of mixed type to an agreed layout which provides for a substantial open space village green space area which safeguards the setting of a scheduled ancient monument.

Acting on behalf of McCann Homes, DLP Planning Ltd were instructed to promote the development of this site, acting with architects/master planners be1 Architects, highway and drainage consultants, Matrix Transport and Infrastructure Consultants Ltd and landscape architects, The Landmark Practice.

The scheme, which initially was resisted by Officers and attracted objections from the Parish Council, was subsequently recommended for planning permission by Officers and is subject now to discussions over a Section 106 Obligation.

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