November 2016

Planning Permission for a New Warehouse and Ancillary Trade Desk, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

DLP Planning Ltd is pleased to have secured planning permission for a new building supplies warehouse with an ancillary retail trade desk in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

This project was undertaken in conjunction with be1 Architects Ltd and Matrix Transport and Infrastructure Consultants Ltd. DLP coordinated the application from its early vision, through to the post submission negotiations after the application was submitted in June.

This included responding with additional detail to address issues relating to highways, access and parking, which had been raised by Cambridgeshire County Council and the District Council. With the support of our sister companies, we were able to draft responses to each of the issues in turn, further building on the positive reasons to permit the development.

Planning permission was issued on the 11th of November. It will provide 585sq.m. of floor space, split between the warehouse, a trade desk and offices, and will bring up to 12 new jobs into the town.


Paul GormanPlanning Permission for a New Warehouse and Ancillary Trade Desk, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
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DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) have secured a resolution to grant outline planning consent for 16 serviced ‘custom build’ plots in Houghton Conquest, Central Bedfordshire (The Council) on behalf of our client Self-Build-Developments Ltd. This was a project undertaken in conjunction with be1 Architects Ltd, Matrix Transport and Infrastructure Consultants Ltd, Aspect Landscape Planning-Ecology-Arboriculture and Environmental Protection Strategies Ltd.

The scheme will deliver on-site sustainable urban drainage in addition to the developer providing key services, including access to the highway, landscaping, foul drainage and utility connections to all plots. In addition an off-site financial contribution toward affordable housing will be made. Individual plot owners will then seek to design and build individual homes upon each plot, subject to future detailed Reserved Matter applications.

DLP led detailed negotiations with the Council, in particular with their Sustainable Growth Officer responsible for their self-build register. This was vital to the success of the scheme, as the Council had little experience of this type of development and was happy to work with us in establishing the core principles for custom build development.

A timely consideration in the determination of the application was that the Housing and Planning Act 2016 made changes to the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act introducing a legal duty for Council’s to meet the demand from the Register through the provision of serviced plots. This came into effect on 31st October 2016, at which time there were approximately 70 people upon the Councils register. In addition, the Council’s absence of a robust 5yr housing land supply and the fact that the Council had yet to bring forward serviced plots added weight to the clear identified need for this type of development.

This is thought to be the first application approved for serviced custom build development within Central Bedfordshire and DLP are now working with the Council on the drafting of a S.106 legal agreement, which will secure the mechanics of how those upon the Councils register will be given priority to developing the plots.


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DLP Planning Ltd’s Bristol office have successfully secured full planning permission for two detached self-build dwellings in the village of Rangeworthy, South Gloucestershire.

Working with both GSH Architects and Matrix Transport and Infrastructure Consultants Ltd, this self-build project includes the demolition of the existing property in order to facilitate the construction of two dwellings (one 3-bed and one 5-bed). This will allow the existing occupant to downsize whilst staying within the village and will enable younger relatives to build a family home on the site, to offer future support if necessary.

Access was an integral issue to overcome considering a past refusal on this site on highways grounds. The property is located on a relatively busy adopted highway and the Council’s Highways Officer was specifically concerned with the safety of the access and appropriate visibility splays. The application included a relocated access and required speed surveys to be undertaken by Matrix during the application process. This satisfactorily dealt with the Officer’s original concerns and enabled the scheme to be granted permission.


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In November 2016 DLP Planning Ltd Bristol submitted a planning application to support the expansion of an existing Stud Farm in Vale of Glamorgan. On behalf of our client Endless Acres Stud Farm, the application proposes for the construction of staff accommodation, associated stables, hay barn and horse walker to support the development of this growing business in South Wales.

The proposal utilises the natural topography and screening available to minimise the visual extent of the development within the Ely Valley and Ridge Slopes Special Landscape Area, whilst creating the sheltered and quiet environment required for quality bloodstock breeding. A particularly important consideration in this submission covered the introduction of the on-site worker’s accommodation, which required the preparation of a Rural Enterprise Dwelling Appraisal in accordance with the 5 tests set out in Planning Policy Wales TAN6 guidance.


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Appeal allowed for 24 new homes in Flitton, Central Bedfordshire

DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) in conjunction with be1 Architects Ltd have today secured, upon appeal, outline planning consent for 24 dwellings in Flitton, Central Bedfordshire (The Council). In addition to the provision of much needed market homes the scheme will deliver policy compliant affordable housing (including several bungalows), as well as open space and a sustainable urban drainage system.

The original application, made in October 2015, was refused by the Council in January on four grounds relating to the impact on the character of the settlement, the impact of the neighbouring smoke house on the amenity of the proposed homes, drainage and the lack of a legal agreement.

In considering the appeal, which was dealt with by written representations, the Inspector concluded that the development would constitute sustainable development, and in the absence of Central Bedfordshire being unable to demonstrate a deliverable five-year land supply, should be allowed accordingly.

The Inspector felt that the low-density development would be appropriate in scale and design to its setting, demonstrating how the homes could be laid out to fit with the character of the area.

In coming to a view on the impact of the noise, smoke and odour from the neighbouring smoke house, the Inspector concluded that any impact was localised to the smoke house and did not extend into the appeal site. The Inspector also concluded that the information submitted in respect to flood risk and drainage was sufficient to support the determination of an outline planning application.

In allowing the appeal, the Inspector analysed the land supply case put forward by DLP and concluded that Central Bedfordshire’s supply should be reduced by at least 285 homes, with further sites in the Council’s land supply brought into question.

In conclusion the Inspector felt the proposal met the social, environmental and economic aspects of sustainable development and that any negative impacts of the proposal would not significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits, when assessed against the polices in the national Planning Policy Framework.


dlpAppeal allowed for 24 new homes in Flitton, Central Bedfordshire
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Islington Council Notification of Article 4 Directions – Light Industurial (B1c) to Dwellinghouse (C3)

On the 3rd November 2016, Islington Council made three Article 4 Directions covering different parts of the borough to withdraw the Permitted Development right of changing the use of a property in light industrial use (Use Class B1c) to a dwellinghouse (Use Class C3).

The Directions, which require confirmation from the Council’s executive, will come into force on the 3rd November 2017 should they be approved.  The Directions relate to the Vale Royal/ Brewery Road Locally Significant Industrial Site, the Central Activities Zone within Islington and other B1c locations within the borough. Islington Council are currently accepting comments on the proposed Article 4 Directions until the 16th December 2016.

DLP Planning has considerable knowledge of the planning system across the London boroughs.  We monitor the progress of all the Local planning matters as they progress through different stages throughout the company’s operational area.

Should you wish to find out more please do not hesitate to contact our London Office, senior staff within the Practice would be very happy to explain the implications of the Article 4 Directions for you.

dlpIslington Council Notification of Article 4 Directions – Light Industurial (B1c) to Dwellinghouse (C3)
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A City for all Londoner’s: Mayor of London’s strategic vision released for consultation

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has recently published ‘A City for all Londoner’s consultation document’ which is the first step towards the creation of a new London Plan.

The document, which is out for consultation until 11th December 2016 is the Mayor’s ‘ambition for London’ and sets out the strategies for new key policy areas that will be published in draft in 2017. A city for all Londoners is split into five themed sections being; housing, the economy, environment, growth and a city for all, with the Mayor advising that the document should be read as a whole rather than in individual sections.

With regards to housing, the City for all Londoner’s document does not set an annual target for homes but does state that there is a need to build at least 50,000 homes every year between now and 2041. In addition, the Mayor reiterates his intention to protect the green-belt and other designated green spaces whilst working with public bodies such as the NHS and Network Rail on the release of land for residential development. In addition, the Mayor has also reaffirmed the target of working towards 50% of all new dwellings being affordable housing.

The Mayor has outlined from the outset that he is open to additional and further ideas that can assist in the formulation of the new plan and his strategies. Consequently, several stakeholder workshops, community focus groups and online discussions are set to take place during the consultation period.

If you are interested in learning more about the implications of the City for all Londoners document, please do not hesitate to contact our London office.

dlpA City for all Londoner’s: Mayor of London’s strategic vision released for consultation
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