August 2017

Planning Permission for 10 Dwellings on Brownfield site in Central Bedfordshire Green Belt

DLP Planning Ltd (DLP), working with Vauss Architects, has secured full planning permission on behalf of McCann Homes for 10 new homes on a previously developed site on the edge of Harlington, in the Central Bedfordshire Green Belt.

The site is currently home to an Aquatics centre which comprises of a large central retail building, arears of hard display areas, several dilapidated storage sheds and a large gravel car park

The proposal will see the replacement of the Aquatics centre with 10 modest three-bedroomed houses, each with dedicated parking and large gardens.

The application required DLP to prepare a proposal did not have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt not the purpose of including the site within the designation. Working with the architect, a suitable scheme was developed which saw the footprint of built development on the site fall, and the floorspace and volume of development not increase. The only potential harm to Green Belt openness was the increased height of the development, but potential impacts were assessed in a detailed Landscape Visual Impact Assessment, prepared by Aspect, which showed the scheme would not cause any harm.

The proposal also had to respond to other constraints, including noise from the adjacent railway line. This was mitigated through appropriate design measures, advised by Cass Allen.

At Development Control Committee, the application received near unanimous approval with 12 members voting in favour of the scheme, and one abstention.

John HelyarPlanning Permission for 10 Dwellings on Brownfield site in Central Bedfordshire Green Belt
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Planning Permission for Replacement Storage Building in the Hertfordshire Green Belt

DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) working with Saloria Architects has secured planning permission for a replacement storage building at an internationally important religious site in the Hertfordshire Green Belt.

The site is of both national and international religious significance and the most important location in the country for those who practice Jainism and it is recognized as such by all other faiths. The temple on site is a wholly exceptional building and the uses and functions which support it are a vital reflection of the cultural significance of the community.

The proposed storage building would provide storage space in connection with the operation of the Community Halls and the management and maintenance of the religious Centre, its temple, and grounds.

The application was submitted with a statement of Very Special Circumstances, which the Council accepted and attached significant weight to in the assessment of the planning application.

DLP successfully demonstrated that the proposal would not amount to inappropriate development in the Green Belt and the national and international importance of the site, is capable of constituting a very special circumstance to which significant weight should be attached.

John HelyarPlanning Permission for Replacement Storage Building in the Hertfordshire Green Belt
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Outline Planning Permission for 18 Dwellings in a Village in Cambridgeshire

DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) working with be1 Architects has secured a resolution to grant outline planning permission for 18 dwellings, including affordable housing, on the edge of a village in South Cambridgeshire.

The application was submitted following extensive pre-application discussions with the Council, which included a Design Workshop with key Council Officers. The proposal represents a low density scheme and would provide a spacious layout with an area of public open space and play area.

Members spoke favourably of the scheme recognising that it has been sensitively designed and relates well to surrounding development and the edge of the village.

The site also lies adjacent to a Grade II Listed Building and Council Officers agreed that the scheme would preserve the setting of this listed building.

The Council accepted that they cannot demonstrate a five year land supply and therefore the application should be considered in the context of the presumption in favour of sustainable development.

DLP successfully demonstrated that the proposal would make a positive contribution to the housing need in the area and that there are significant benefits that would outweigh any limited harm. This includes the provision of new housing, including affordable housing; benefits to the local economy; the provision of public open space; and contributions towards the widening of a footway in the village.

Kerry TitmusOutline Planning Permission for 18 Dwellings in a Village in Cambridgeshire
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Planning approved for 39 dwellings in Mansfield

DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) is pleased to have secured outline planning permission for up to 39 dwellings in Mansfield.

The application was submitted following a refusal of planning permission, some 6 months earlier for a similar development. In this instance, despite a positive recommendation from Planning Officers, Members of the Council’s Planning Committee resolved to refuse the application citing three reasons for refusal, centred on the loss of greenfield land, the impact on the Green Wedge in which the site was located and the potential impact on ecology.

In resubmitting the application, DLP work proactively and constructively with Officers at Mansfield District Council as well as with third party consultants to address and overcome all three reasons for refusal.

The resubmission demonstrated that the development could deliver both market and affordable housing in a sustainable location on the edge of Mansfield without any significant detrimental impact on matters such as highway safety, flood risk and residential amenity. The resubmission specifically demonstrated that there would be limited harm to the Green Wedge and surrounding landscape through good design and the provision of a green buffer. The resubmission also demonstrated that the proposal would not detrimentally impact upon habitats and ecology, but would in fact result in a net gain in biodiversity.

Overall the application demonstrated that the development comprised sustainable development in accordance with the overarching aims of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Officers at the Council once again recommended the application for approval. DLP represented the applicant at Planning Committee addressing Members who resolved to conditionally grant planning permission.

Image courtesy of Vista Architecture Limited

John HelyarPlanning approved for 39 dwellings in Mansfield
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Planning Permission Secured for 4 New Dwellings within the Bristol and Bath Green Belt

DLP Planning Ltd (DLP), in conjunction with Emmett Russell Architects, has secured full planning permission for four new dwellings within the village of Elberton, South Gloucestershire.

The site is located within the Bristol and Bath Green Belt and outside of the defined settlement boundary and redevelopment raised a number of sensitive design considerations.

The proposed development at the former Blakedown Nursery site involves the demolition of all the existing structures associated with the former commercial landscaping business and the erection of 4 no. 5 bedroom dwellings.

The decision came after DLP successfully argued that the proposals would fit within one of the limited categories of development that is considered appropriate within the Green Belt, as defined by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The new dwellings have been located predominantly on the previously developed parts of the site and proved that the scheme would not have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt than the existing development.

The scheme as submitted provided a number of benefits including boosting the supply of housing in a rural village, enhancing the existing landscaping and ecology across the site and improving the appearance of this part of the village.

The application was fully supported by Council Officers and received approval by Members at planning committee.

Image courtesy of Emmett Russell Architects

John HelyarPlanning Permission Secured for 4 New Dwellings within the Bristol and Bath Green Belt
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Application Approved for CCTV Surveillance Cameras at Listed Buildings

DLP (Planning) Ltd (DLP) have secured full planning permission and listed building consent for the erection of CCTV cameras to The University of Sheffield properties of the Grade II listed Drama Studio on Shearwood Road and the Grade II* listed Arts Tower on Western Bank.

Having been instructed by the University, DLP undertook pre-application discussions with Sheffield City Council, provided a detailed assessment of the planning balance of both proposals, and co-ordinated both applications to a successful conclusion.

There was an imminent need for the erection of external cameras following an increase in incidents of crime, theft, anti-social behaviour and homeless people sleeping around the base of the Arts Tower. The building operates 24/7 and is accessed by students and staff with a permit all year around; the adjacent Western Bank library has opening times until midnight. It has therefore become necessary to erect CCTV cameras to increase security around the campus. The accepted proposals will erect 2 external CCTV cameras on the south western and north eastern corners of the Arts Tower, allowing increased security of this thoroughfare as well as the monitoring of incidents when they occur.

The Drama Studio is located in the heart of the University of Sheffield Central Campus, with buildings such as the Octagon, Students Union and Firth Hall all within 250 meters of the site. The building is used for performances, conferences, rehearsals, teaching and exhibitions.

The site is within an area of mixed use, as well as part of the Northumberland Road Conservation Area. With the Drama Studio’s location on the heavily trafficked Glossop Road, it was necessary to provide surveillance. Similarly to the Arts Tower, increased security around the building was needed, due to the spate of increased incidents in theft and anti-social behaviour. Furthermore, the installation of the external CCTV camera on the southern corner feature of the Drama Studio will help to monitor public safety as well as discourage criminal behaviour.

John HelyarApplication Approved for CCTV Surveillance Cameras at Listed Buildings
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