Planning Permission Secured for Gas Power Electricity Generator

On the 4th October 2017, DLP Planning Limited secured planning permission on behalf of our client, Clearstone Energy for a gas powered electricity generator and related infrastructure on land at Worset Lane, Hartlepool.

The development proposals are for a purpose built structure containing 11 gas engine generation sets that will generate approximately 49.5MW. This building has been designed to visually suit an agricultural setting with robust landscaping.

The Climate Change Act 2008 sets out a duty for the Secretary of State to ensure that the net UK carbon account for the year 2050 is at least 80% lower than the 1990 baseline. The Energy Act 2013 puts in place measures to attract the £110 billion investment which is needed to replace current generating capacity and upgrade the grid by 2020, and to cope with a rising demand for electricity.

Planning is embedded within our transition to a low carbon economy. In the face of climate change, greater energy security and fuel poverty, we need a robust strategy which demonstrates leadership and inspires confidence. Technology needs to be framed as a strategic, long term investment where practical solutions can be made in the interim. Gas powered electricity generators in suitable locations are an important part of this transition. The ability to deliver a modest form of low carbon energy is a material consideration that needs to be attributed significant weight in the planning balance.

Whilst functional requirements to connect to the network dictate siting, a number of other factors were considered as part of the initial scoping process including national and local planning policy, visual amenity, landscape character and proximity to sensitive uses. Those sites which are considered to have planning merit are then taken forward to a pre-application enquiry with the Local Planning Authority to explore if these development proposals could be positively promoted through the planning process.

These development proposals will support existing infrastructure with an energy source which can add capacity and tolerance to the network at times of spikes in use or drop in renewable resources. Development would not be viewed in isolation, but rather as additional infrastructure which is similar in character, form and operation to existing utilities off Worset Lane. The very nature of the development proposals is to underpin investment in the local economy and increase sustainable energy production.

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DLP Appointed To Undertake Employment Land Review For The Dartmoor National Park Authority

DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) are pleased to announce that we have been appointed by Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) to undertake an Employment Land Review. The commission builds upon DLP’s existing experience working with Local Authorities in the preparation and assessment of a variety of evidence base documents which inform the development of emerging local plans. The study will provide a robust assessment of employment demand and supply to provide clear recommendations on the need to safeguard existing sites and potentially allocate new provision.

DLP are looking forward to working with DNPA to ensure that a targeted approach to nurturing economic growth is balanced with the need to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage that are intrinsic to the special qualities of a National Park.

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Outline Application Submitted on Behalf of Wiltshire Council for Major Town Centre Regeneration Scheme in Trowbridge

DLP Planning Ltd are pleased to announce that we have submitted an outline planning application for the redevelopment of a major site in central Trowbridge on behalf of Wiltshire Council.

The 2.3 ha site known as ‘East Wing’ sits between the County Hall and the River Biss and was identified in the Trowbridge Masterplan as a ‘key opportunity site’ and a strategically important regeneration opportunity. The site is currently being used as a staff car park as Council offices previously occupying the site have been demolished. A large vacant building known as ‘Chapmans’ also remains but is to be demolished as part of the proposals.

Working with a number of consultants, including AWW Architects who were responsible for producing the masterplan, DLP lead the consultant team and managed the preparation of the outline application. The mixed uses proposal includes:

  • New urgent care health facility for Trowbridge;
  • New leisure centre, with the potential for a swimming pool and diving facilities;
  • Provision of a range of retail/ café units;
  • Mix of flats to including, open market, affordable and retirement living units;
  • Provision of a family pub;
  • New pedestrian footbridge across the River Biss, to link the site to the town centre; and
  • New walkway along River Biss corridor.

The intention of the project is to deliver a high quality, vibrant, mixed-use development, which supports the overall vision for the town centre. Wiltshire Council are also looking for this development to promote an attractive route into the centre of Trowbridge, including the location of a new pedestrian bridge and maintaining future opportunities to open up the River Biss Corridor.

DLP supported a public consultation event last week and were there to answer any queries from the local community and interested stakeholders. We will continue to work proactively with the Case Officer to ensure a timely decision is achieved.

Image courtesy of  AWW Architects

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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.

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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.

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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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