New neighbourhood | Beccles, Suffolk


Following on from the successful promotion of a solar farm at Ellough near Beccles, DLP Planning Ltd has also promoted an urban extension scheme for land adjoining Beccles to provide for almost 1,000 dwellings as well as local sports, recreation and other community facilities.

The land lies inside the line of the proposed Beccles Southern Bypass, which is due for construction in 2017. The strategy for the promotion of the development commenced with formal representations to the ‘Call for Sites’ issued by Waveney District Council, ahead of an initial round of consultations on the Issues and Options for a new Waveney Local Plan.

Demographic analysis was conducted by DLP’s Strategic Planning and Research Unit (SPRU), including a review of housing need and supply. This identified a potentially significant increase in the need for housing in the District, with Beccles being both a sustainable development location and the largest of the market towns outside of Lowestoft and also within easy reach of the District’s main employment area(s) at Ellough, including the Enterprise Zone focused on the energy industry.

Public consultation is a key element of the promotion, and initial meetings with the local community and an exhibition of the principles underpinning the project has been undertaken. Positive dialogue with the Council has also been established as a precursor to developing the scheme.

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Gatecrasher redevelopment | Sheffield


DLP Planning Ltd led on the preparation of a full detailed planning application on behalf of City Estates for the redevelopment of the former Gatecrasher Night Club site in Sheffield. The site was previously destroyed by a fire and had remained as a derelict eyesore upon the cityscape for a number of years.

The proposed mixed use development on Arundel Street comprised 38 cluster flats and 90 studio flats with ancillary facilities, retail/commercial units (A1, A2, A3, A4 and B1 uses) at the lower ground and ground floor level as well as a landscaped courtyard.

In a prime location in the Cultural Industries Quarter and near Sheffield Hallam University, the development, when complete, will regenerate the cleared site and a neighbouring empty factory, enhancing the public realm and contribute towards much needed housing provision in the city centre.

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Advanced manufacturing and research campus | AMRC2, Sheffield


DLP Planning Ltd was commissioned to advise on the preparation of an application for the creation of an Advanced Manufacturing and Research Campus (AMRC2) on 18.6ha of land off the Sheffield Parkway with the potential to provide 100,000m2 of floorspace.

The outline application was subject to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), and an Environmental Statement was prepared to support the planning application. The plans were given unanimous backing by Sheffield City Council’s Planning Committee in October 2015, subject to a referral to the Secretary of State due to the proposals representing a departure from the Development Plan.

The application site included land within the Green Belt, although this is subject to review through the preparation of the Local Plan. Very special circumstances were required to be demonstrated to justify the release of the land for development at this time, including:

  • The overwhelming educational and research need to provide state-of-the-art teaching facilities and opportunities for applied research for the University’s fast growing Engineering Faculty;
  • The significant economic benefits of the development, when operational, to provide a direct contribution of more than 1,500 jobs and £90m to the economy, with a potential impact in excess of £200m and 4,000 jobs when taking into account indirect and induced benefits;
  • The creation of highly skilled jobs to support the objectives of the Strategic Economic Plan; and
  • Consideration also had to be given to the proposed HS2 route in this location to serve Meadowhall Station.

The development proposals had support from global, regional and local interests including Bruce Katz, of the Washington DC based Brookings Institution.

The Campus is seen as the anchor for the Sheffield–Rotherham Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation District, which is being promoted as part of the Sheffield City Region investment in world-leading advanced manufacturing research.

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Student village | Endcliffe


This scheme sought to create a wide range of accommodation types and supporting facilities in a central community area and allowed for improved management of the student population and an enhancement to the existing available facilities through the provision of a central hub building.

DLP Planning Ltd oversaw an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Planning Statement in support of a full detailed planning application. The scheme aimed to replace a number of student houses owned by the University in the area as well as other halls of residence in more remote locations away from the University.

The proposal comprised the development of some 3,700 new bed spaces while retaining 1,300 within existing accommodation, creating a 5,000 bed Student Village. The site falls within the Broomhill and adjacent Endcliffe Conservation Areas.

The northern part of the site also fell within an Area of Special Character including two Listed Buildings at Crewe Hall and its associated stable block. However, it was demonstrated that neither of the buildings were directly affected by the proposed development.

The area had been associated with student residences for the University of Sheffield for a considerable period of time, and the proposals were a significant improvement in the appearance of the existing built form. The replacement buildings varied between two and six storeys in height, and included serpentine blocks which made use of sloping land, to avoid excessive height.

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Heritage asset re-development | St George’s Campus, Sheffield


St George’s Campus is located at the heart of the University of Sheffield’s city campus. This scheme required an application for full planning permission and Listed Building Consent for the demolition of workshops and labs, alterations, improvements and repairs to the Sir Frederick Mappin Building and the Central Wing to provide academic and administrative space and a glazed atrium to form a new entrance to St. George’s Campus from Portobello Street.

The Mappin Building and associated railings are Grade II Listed Building and were added to the heritage list in 1973. The site is situated within the St George’s Quarter of the City Centre in Sheffield adjacent to the Grade II Listed St George’s Church.
DLP Planning Ltd was pivotal in negotiating a position with the Council to produce a viable form of development on a site which is Grade II Listed. Full planning permission and Listed Building Consent was granted with unanimous support from Council members.

The proposal satisfied the need to upgrade the teaching facilities and meet the requirements for the University of Sheffield’s growing Engineering Faculty. The overall public benefits of the scheme and the improvements to the function of the buildings, as well as the character and appearance of the new-build elements, were considered to comply with the requirements set out in local and national planning policy.

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Listed Building in the Green Belt | Aubrey Park Hotel, St Albans


This project comprised the preparation of full detailed and Listed Building planning applications and Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) consent for the redevelopment and extension of an existing hotel to provide additional facilities, accommodation and leisure space to enable the hotel to provide enhanced services for weddings and corporate events.

The planning application comprised the demolition and replacement of a number of outlying and outdated structures with bespoke modern kitchens and function rooms. The site provided a number of significant planning constraints, including its location within the Green Belt, a 16th century Listed Building and the remains of an Iron Age hill fort.

Extensive pre-application discussions were held with St Albans City and District Council and Historic England, with the scheme being judged to improve the setting of the Listed Building and the SAM, in addition to providing significant economic benefits. Notwithstanding this, the Case Officer recommended refusal on the grounds that the development represented inappropriate development in the Green Belt. Nevertheless, Council members rejected the Officer’s advice and unanimously resolved to approve the applications, agreeing that that there would be no harm to the openness of the Green Belt.

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Cement works | Ketton solar farm, Rutland


This development comprised two successive phases of solar PV arrays, located upon the site of an operational cement works.

The combined schemes have the potential capacity to supply power to approximately 3,575 homes. The sites falls within the Ketton Quarries Site, which is in an area of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designated for its geological value. DLP Planning Ltd undertook extensive negotiations with Natural England and the Local Planning Authority.

DLP was able to demonstrate that the SSSI designation, as defined, was not reflective of any landscape, environmental or geological features discernible on the surface of the site, but was limited to subterranean geology. Consequently, the scheme received the full support of Natural England and was approved under delegated powers.

The Rt. Hon Amber Rudd MP, former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, formally opened the site in July 2015.

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Former coal yard development | Land off Dunston Road, Chesterfield



This project is for the regeneration of a former coal yard on the urban edge of Chesterfield in Derbyshire. The site was formerly used as a coal stocking yard in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, and was used to clean, blend and bag up to 5,000 tonnes of coal per week. More recently the site was used for the storage, salvage, maintenance, refurbishment and hire of heavy plant and machinery.

With the exception of a belt of woodland extending across the majority of the site frontage, the site was allocated as an ‘Existing Business and Industrial Area’. However, in the planning application prepared for the land, it was successfully demonstrated that there was no reasonable prospect of the site being developed for employment use.

Extensive pre application discussions were carried out with the Local Planning Authority to demonstrate:

  • the benefits associated with the development of the brownfield site for housing and the significant contribution this would make to increasing the supply and rate of delivery of housing in the Borough;
  • the remediation and improvement of the land; and
  • the creation of an attractive sustainable residential environment.

As well as collating, submitting and managing the application, DLP Planning Ltd made representations to the Council’s Planning Committee where the scheme secured a resolution to grant permission subject to a S.106 legal agreement.

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Town fringe expansion | Allington Lane, Eastleigh



The project entails the promotion of a substantial strategic site on the northern fringe of Eastleigh, Hampshire, to the north of Southampton.

The 150ha site was submitted as part of Eastleigh Borough Council’s consultation on potential strategic housing allocations within the emerging Local Development Plan. The site has the capacity to accommodate in excess of 2,000 new homes, a district and local centre, employment and community uses; education facilities, transport infrastructure, and green space, including new green infrastructure.

The project required the management of a number of sub-consultants providing for a concept masterplan, transport and ecology feasibility assessments, an indicative land use budget, an opportunities and constraints plan and a Transport Strategy document to explain how development of the land would integrate with the existing public transport network. A supporting planning statement fully explaining the development rationale and the benefits that development on the site could deliver was also provided.

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