May 2016

New Road, Sandy

DLP Planning Ltd together with Matrix Transport and Infrastructure Consultants Ltd and be1 Architects have been instructed by the owners of New Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire to prepare and submit a planning application for the development of the site for residential purposes.

The site, which extends to 0.48 hectares and can potentially accommodate up to 50 dwellings, lies within the urban area and close to the mainline railway station, and adjoins a recently built food supermarket.

The existing site is in employment use, however, these uses are now out of context with the surroundings and the use of the site for residential development would accord with planning policy and be a sustainable development.

dlpNew Road, Sandy
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Millbrook Proving Ground – Approval Granted for Design Code

Following the grant of planning permission for the development of 24,900 M2 of B1 space on land at Millbrook Proving Ground, DLP Planning Ltd, together with be1 Architects Ltd, were instructed by Millbrook Proving Ground Ltd to prepare a ‘Design Code’ to guide subsequent applications for the consented site.

The Design Code was a requirement of Condition 6 of the permission granted by the planning authority, Central Bedfordshire Council, and is a precursor to the discharge of any other reserved matters or conditions attached to the outline consent.

The Design Code is a detailed document which sets out the design approach having regard to a number of factors including, landscape, heritage, ecology and sustainability, and is increasingly being used by the Council in order to guide good design.

The draft Design Code was submitted to the Council for comment, and following some small amendment to the document it has now been fully agreed and the condition discharged.

dlpMillbrook Proving Ground – Approval Granted for Design Code
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Application submitted for new residential development at Land south-west of Millbrook Proving Ground

Working on behalf of longstanding client Millbrook Proving Ground Ltd, DLP Planning Ltd has submitted an outline planning application to Central Bedfordshire Council for new residential development on the south-western fringe of the wider Millbrook Proving Ground site in the village of Lidlington. The proposal follows an outline permission secured by DLP in 2015, for the development of four individual sites (25000 sqm)  on the land, collectively known as ‘Millbrook Technology Park’.

The submitted application proposes the erection of up to 40 dwellings (including affordable housing) as well as the enhancement of land for habitat creation, landscaping and amenity use.

This site, which is well located relative to the existing structure form and character of the village,  will materially contribute to meeting housing needs and the maintenance of a 5 year supply of land, whilst delivering an attractive and liveable residential area within the village.

Sensitive design input from BE1 Architects and The Landmark Practice (landscape) helps to ensure the proposals respect the existing landscape and environmental context and the scheme provides for the maintenance and enhancement of current views and vistas into and out of the site.

The proposal, additionally, seeks to safeguard an existing Scout Hut site for future community purposes and enhance existing habitat corridors, maintaining a connected network of terrestrial habitat for Great Crested Newts and other notable species that were found to exist on site, following detailed survey work undertaken by Applied Ecology.

A decision is expected on the application later in the spring.

dlpApplication submitted for new residential development at Land south-west of Millbrook Proving Ground
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Full planning permission secured for the retention of an existing GP’s surgery on Victoria Road, Bedford.

DLP Planning Ltd has secured full planning permission for the retention of an existing GP’s surgery on Victoria Road, Bedford. DLP Planning Ltd was instructed by NHS Property Services to submit the application following consideration of the building’s retention.

The current surgery was granted planning permission in May 2005 with a condition that the building would be removed by April 2010 to enable the Local Planning Authority (LPA) to reassess the impact of the development. Following on from discussions with the LPA, it was confirmed that a full, retrospective application would be required to retain the building. Pre-application discussions with Bedford Borough Council raised issues with the design and cladding of the surgery, and as a consequence a detailed Design and Access Statement was drafted to support the application.

The analysis assessed the impact of the pre-fabricated structure on the streetscape. It found that the cladding matched well with the colour palette of the street, and that the style of the architecture was not out-of-place in a street with a variety of architectural styles. Bedford Borough Council accepted the analysis and  granted full planning permission, ensuring that the surgery will remain open to treat patients in the local community in the years to come.

Victoria Road Elevations

dlpFull planning permission secured for the retention of an existing GP’s surgery on Victoria Road, Bedford.
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