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Change Of Use From Office To Residential Secured In Bushy

DLP (Planning) Ltd are pleased to have secured planning permission for the change of use of an office building to residential apartments at a site in Bushey. The proposal will provide seven one bedroom apartments.

The application building benefited from Prior Approval for the change of use of an office building (use class B1) to residential use (use class C3). This application sought to increase the roof height to provide an additional three apartments at first floor.

DLP Planning along with be1 Architects worked closely with Council Officers throughout the application process, and the scheme went through a number of iterations before arriving at the final design.

The scheme will provide much needed smaller units of accommodation in the area and makes efficient use of a brownfield site, and will preserve and enhance the appearance of the site and wider Conservation Area.

Securing planning permission for this development is great news for our client and will help to provide much needed new housing in the local area.

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95 Houses and new Informal Open Space approved Outside Settlement Envelope despite claims of 5YHLS

DLP (Planning) Ltd, has secured a resolution to grant outline planning permission for up to 95 new dwellings and informal open space in Stotfold, Central Bedfordshire.

The Application Site lies to the north of the established settlement envelope of Stotfold. An application for residential development was previously refused on the site due to perceived impacts to landscape character and the loss of agricultural land, with the site located on the edge of the existing urban settlement.

DLP, working with CBC Officers demonstrated several material changes within the re-submission application including changes to the layout to address previous concerns; the ability of the site to create new informal open space and facilitate green infrastructure, biodiversity and landscape enhancements; and the provision of a new Multi-Use-Games-Area.

Despite Central Beds Council now claiming they can currently demonstrate a 5 year housing land supply, the committee accepted that the proposals would assist in safeguarding housing land supply and this – together with the new informal open space and biodiversity/landscaping/recreation enhancements – constituted substantial benefits that would not be significantly and demonstrably outweighed by any harm caused.

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DLP Breakfast Seminar – Housing Delivery: Local and National

DLP (Planning) Ltd  hosted a breakfast seminar at Rugby School on 16th June 2017 titled Housing Delivery: Local and National. The seminar was chaired by Charles Robinson, Director in charge of DLP’s Rugby Office with presentations given by Sinead Turnbull of DLP and Rob Back – Head of Growth and Investment at Rugby Borough Council.

The first presentation of the morning was given by Sinead Turnbull of DLP who discussed the complex issues of ‘Housing an ageing population’ – specifically how the planning system can address the requirements of an ageing population. Planning barriers to achieving elderly housing were identified, with a new housing model and suggested future changes at Local Authority level proposed in order to create a ‘win-win’ solution – meeting elderly needs whilst being economically sound particularly in the context of the increasing pressures on public finances and Adult Social Care budgets.

This was followed by an update and an overview of the emerging Rugby Local Plan, given by the Head of Growth and Investment at the Council, Rob Back. With the emerging Local Plan being taken to Council at a meeting on the evening of 21st June the presentation highlighted the key friction points which Councillors will be considering, as well as stating the housing and growth projections for the Plan period.

The presentations were followed by a lively discussion where the factors influencing housing delivery were debated. Overall it was concluded that, in practice, the planning system has to focus upon delivery even more so than it does at the moment and that the needs of all elements of the community (particularly the elderly) require a radical and different approach.

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Permission Secured For 40 Houses Outside Settlement Envelope despite claims of 5YHLS

DLP Planning Ltd, has secured a resolution to grant outline planning permission for up to 40 new dwellings and Green Infrastructure enhancements in Lidlington, Central Bedfordshire. Masterplanning and Flooding/Drainage work was undertaken by other DLP Group companies be1 Architects and Matrix, respectively.

The Application Site lies outside of the established settlement envelope of Lidlington but within the identified ‘Key Employment Area’ of Millbrook Proving Ground. An application for residential development was previously refused on the site on Landscape Character grounds, with the site located on the lower reach of the Greensand Ridge.

DLP, working with CBC Officers demonstrated several material changes within the re-submission application demonstrating the sites sustainable location and strong relationship with the village; the ability of the site to facilitate key green infrastructure enhancements identified by the local community; and create enhanced habitat connectivity for the protected species on site.

Despite Council claiming they can currently demonstrate a 5 year housing land supply, the committee accepted that the proposals would assist in safeguarding this supply and this together with the GI and habitat enhancements constituted substantial benefits that would not be significantly and demonstrably outweighed by the harm caused in landscape terms.

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Planning approved for 198 space car park at Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst Campus

DLP (Planning) Ltd is pleased to have secured planning permission for a proposed car park with 198 spaces at Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst Campus.

The Brackenhurst Campus is home to the University’s School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences based around a former countryside estate with landscaped gardens and a country house constructed in 1828.

The application comprised of one element of a number of interrelated developments intended to deliver a wider masterplan for the Campus. In this regard the car park was required in order to provide replacement car parking to release the existing car parks which are earmarked for future development and to also provide additional spaces that are forecast to be required as the Campus continues to grow in the short to medium term.

DLP acted as agent for the application, submitting the application to Newark and Sherwood District Council and providing a Statement in support of the development. The Statement demonstrated that the proposed development was wholly in accordance with the relevant neighbourhood and local planning policies and the policies of the National Planning Policy Framework. In particular the Statement demonstrated that the development would be of low impact in terms of the materials and landscaping proposed in order to ensure that the development assimilated into its rural surroundings.

The application was granted planning permission by delegated powers, subject to a number of conditions.

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DLP present to the Women’s Real Estate Network

On 15th June 2017, DLP (Planning) Ltd presented a ‘planning update’ to members of the Women’s Real Estate Network (WREN) in Nottingham.

WREN is a non-profit networking group aimed at providing women in the property and construction sector the opportunity to network with fellow professionals from the East Midlands.

The seminar provided an update on the ever-changing world of planning focusing on the implications of the recent general election, the Supreme Court ruling on Paragraph 49 of the National Planning Policy Framework and the Neighbourhood Planning Act which gained Royal Assent on 27 April 2017. The update also provided information on the important measures which have been recently introduced to protect pubs!

The seminar was attended by a range of real estate professionals and was followed by the opportunity to network and discuss the points raised in the presentation.

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Urban regeneration in Trowbridge

DLP (Planning) Ltd are pleased to announce we have been appointed by Wiltshire Council to provide consultancy services to manage, coordinate, prepare and submit an outline planning application on a large gateway site in central Trowbridge. AWW Architects will be working alongside DLP to prepare the masterplan for this application.

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 once an application has been approved.

The intention of the project will be to deliver a high quality, vibrant, mixed-use development which supports the vision for the town centre. Delivering this will require important decisions on a number of sensitive issues to ensure the project delivers something attractive to the Council and people of Trowbridge. The proposal is set to include a range of uses including a health care facility, leisure building, commercial and residential opportunities.

Development on the site involves the consideration of a number of constraints and opportunities specifically surrounding the potential layout and viable development options. This will require taking into account issues such as displacement of uses, viability, flood risk, heritage and conservation, sewers and drainage, trees, and ecology. The Council are also seeking 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.

As with a number of similar projects the timetable for delivering this application is relatively tight, which will require effective proactive project management to make sure issues are addressed early and the Case Officer is provided with robust supporting information to ensure a timely decision is achieved.

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Permission granted for conversion of vacant Listed building in Broomhill, Sheffield to new apartments

DLP (Planning) Ltd are pleased to announce that planning permission and Listed Building Consent has been secured for the conversion of a vacant Grade II Listed Building at Glossop Road, Sheffield, previously in use as offices, to provide five residential apartments.

Located in the Broomhill Conservation Area, the building, known as West Mount, sits within its own grounds and is set back from Glossop Road with a clearly defined, impressive front entrance.

DLP led early negotiations with Sheffield City Council regarding the elements of the building requiring retention and, in some cases, reinstatement. Non-original partitions in the main hallway will be removed during renovations, opening up the building to its original proportions. Externally, new timber sliding sash windows will replace 1950’s metal casements, render and roof coverings will be updated, repairs will be made to damaged stone and a new timber bike and refuse storage will be installed. Proposed landscaping will enhance the area around the building and give a more domestic appearance and scale to the former office building.

The conversion will provide four 2 bedroom apartments within the main building and a single studio flat, self-contained within the adjacent Carriage House. The proposals will better reveal the significance of the Listed Building and secures the future use and ongoing maintenance of the heritage asset.

Drawing courtesy of Hooley Tratt Partnership Ltd

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Heritage, architecture and planning

The Sheffield office of DLP (Planning) Ltd recently hosted a lunchtime networking and CPD event on heritage architecture and planning with Time Architects and Women in Property (WiP).

Attendees enjoyed a ‘Made in Sheffield’ lunch of local produce and had the opportunity to mix before an insightful presentation from Mike Leigh of Time Architects on legislative changes affecting Heritage Assets.  This highlighted some useful case studies and focused on how to define the extent of protection of a Listed Building.  Laura Holland of DLP then discussed St George’s Campus and the Heartspace project as an example of one of the heritage assets the University of Sheffield is investing in.  This was followed by a walking tour of the Campus.

This was the first WiP event in Sheffield for a while and it was well received.  Members and non-members attending represented companies from a range of disciplines, including; architects, planning consultants, solicitors, acoustics consultants, housebuilders, developers, ecologist, estate manager and community consultation specialists.

Sarah Wills, Senior Planner at DLP and WiP Committee Member said, “Thank you to all the attendees who took part in the CPD event.  The presentation highlighted the importance of the date of Listing, past and present ownership and how to test if a structure is ancillary to the building.  The event culminated in some interesting discussions whilst on the site visit about the most significant features of listed buildings.  We hope to see many of you at the next event in Sheffield in September.”

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A plan to deliver even more new homes (2017)

In the lead up to the 2017 General Election, the Home Builders Federation (HBF) published their ‘Election Manifesto’, a blueprint setting out step-changes to address the long-term undersupply of new homes.

The HBF sets out five objectives to deliver further capacity in the market:

1. Supporting the expansion in the number of providers building homes

Included within these proposals are steps by which to encourage small and medium sized developers into the delivery of new homes. This includes:

  • The introduction of a presumption in favour of sustainable development on suitable brownfield sites within settlement boundaries;
  • Planning for a wider range of sites within local plans including smaller parcels of land to support SME’s;
  • Test the ongoing delivery of housing in a local area with opportunities to allocate additional ‘top up’ sites to meet local needs;
  • Alter the definition of small sites from 10 to 25 or 30 homes;
  • Change the classification of garden land to allow sustainable, low density schemes on under-utilised sites.

 2. Ensuring the industry has access to skilled labour needed to sustain continued growth

It is proposed that the next Government should ensure that people and skills are available for the industry as well as supporting the Home Building Skills Partnership.

3. Planning for the future of the successful help to buy equity loan scheme

Support for securing the future of the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme beyond it’s the end date of March 2021 alongside a more targeted approach and focus on those areas most impacted by housing land supply shortages.

4. Tackling outstanding planning problems

Address excessive pre-commencement conditions and erroneous conditions applied to planning permissions which results in delaying project starts. A new phased approach to planning application fees is also supported as a means of addressing the lack of capacity and funding at Local Authorities.

5. Addressing problems caused by monopoly providers of infrastructure and utilities.

This approach needs to be realigned to prioritise housing in future infrastructure investment     opportunities. The timing, delivery and consistency of service level agreements with infrastructure and utility providers needs to be improved.

 

The HBF has set out these measures to build further capacity in the industry and in planning departments, to maintain support for first-time buyers and expand the number of providers building homes. The next government, working with the industry, will need to work together to deliver 240,000 net additional homes per year in England and 12,000 homes in Wales.

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