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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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Public Inquiry success secures permission for 73 dwellings in Shireoaks

DLP (Planning) Ltd (DLP) has secured outline planning permission for a large residential development in the village of Shireoaks, following a Public Inquiry in Bassetlaw in June 2017 on behalf of our clients, the landowners.

The proposed development at Woodend Farm includes the retention of the Farmhouse, the erection of 73 dwellings including 11 affordable homes, provision of a wildlife corridor and the construction of a new access to the site. The site will provide financial contributions to the expansion of St Luke’s School and improvements to the facilities at Shireoaks Marina.

The decision came after the Inspector agreed that the proposals constituted sustainable development and would not result in the coalescence of Shireoaks and Worksop. The provision of a 30m wide wildlife corridor, as well as the permanent physical barrier of the A57 would maintain the separation between the two settlements.

The site, which had become unused and overgrown, was considered by the Inspector to contribute to the supply of housing in the borough. It was established in the Statement of Common Ground that Bassetlaw Council could not demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing land (3.4 years). As such, in line with paragraph 49 of the Framework, the relevant policies for the supply of housing were considered by the Inspector to be out-of-date. While the Inspector found the proposal to have limited conflict with the Neighbourhood Plan, it was in accordance with all other development plan policies.

The importance of the lack of a five-year housing land supply was significant in tipping the balance in favour of the scheme and was considered to outweigh any adverse impacts when assessed against the policies of the Framework as a whole.

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Foul drainage works secured for Grade II Listed Pub

DLP (Planning) Ltd (DLP) are pleased to have secured retrospective planning permission for excavation works to facilitate a larger drainage system to serve the Grade II Listed Strafford Arms, a public house located within the Grade 1 listed parkland of Wentworth Castle at Stainborough.

DLP were instructed to submit an application for the works already undertaken after our client was informed that planning permission would be required, and advised to stop work until permission had been obtained. DLP liaised with the local planning authority’s Conservation Officer and project managed the submission of the necessary information which included the relevant drawings, a Heritage and Archaeology Assessment, and a Tree report in support of the application.

The public house has become a popular eatery and with it has increased the need for larger and improved drainage upgraded systems. DLP successfully put forward a case which highlighted the importance of supporting the future business of the pub and ensuring the ongoing maintenance of a listed building, and successfully secured permission from Barnsley Council within our client’s timescales.

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New Staff Appointments

DLP Planning are delighted that, as a consequence of its expanding work load, the following new staff have joined the Practice……

Bedford Office

Billy Lloyd, Planner
Ed Norris, Senior Planner,
Lydia Prince, Planner

London Office

Thomas Beard, Planner

Sheffield Office

Matthew Pruce, Planner
Debbie Broad, Senior Planner joining the SPRU team.

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Appeal allowed for outbuilding in the peak district national park

DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) has won an appeal for an outbuilding ancillary to the existing residential cottage within the Peak District National Park. The outbuilding was required to accommodate the plant and equipment required to operate the renewable sources of energy being used on the site.

The Local Planning Authority refused the original application due to concerns about the size of the outbuilding and use of materials, which it felt would be harmful to the cottage and wider landscape.

We were instructed to review the reasons for refusal applied by the Local Planning Authority and advise the client on the prospect of success at appeal.

In allowing the appeal the Inspector agreed with the case that DLP put forward that the proposed outbuilding would not be overly large and would be subordinate to the cottage in terms of size and massing. The Inspector also found that the proposed materials would ensure that the proposed outbuilding would not visually compete with the cottage.

This is great news for our client who can continue with her plans to create a self-sufficient dwelling off-grid.



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