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Carbrook Hall, Attercliffe Common Sheffield

DLP have successfully obtained planning permission, Listed Building Consent and Advertisement Consent to convert the Grade II* Listed Carbrook Hall, a former public house (A4 use), to a coffee shop (A3 use) with a drive thru facility for Starbucks.

The building dates from the 12th Century when the former timber-framed Hall was home to the Blunt family. Subsequently owned by the Bright family, John Bright used the property for Parliamentary meetings during the civil war. The property was originally surrounded by fields and the River Dun. However, the area changed considerably following the start of the steel industry in the early 1800s. After 1855, the building was used as a public house and appears to have been in this use until its closure in 2017.

The applications were coordinated by DLP, alongside Self Architects on behalf of the applicant and owners of the building West Street Leisure Ltd. Pre-application engagement with the Council and Historic England was undertaken at the outset of the project.

Amendments were made to the scheme following concerns raised with regards to the position of the proposed new extension to accommodate the drive thru facility, obstructing a previously unaltered elevation, and the potential for significant harm to the setting of the listed building by isolating the building within a traffic island. Mitigation measures were adopted including the provision of additional landscaping and appropriate materials and finishes.

The proposed signage was also reviewed and reduced where possible and practical. The harm was weighed against the public benefits of the proposal in accordance with the NPPF. It was recognised that having a long-term tenant in the building would help secure the initial high quality fit out and refurbishment of the building and also ensure its long-term maintenance. The building will undergo substantial refurbishment and sensitive restoration which will significantly reduce the risk of further decay.

The proposals will also allow the general public to enter the building and appreciate its internal historic fabric. This is of particular benefit given the building is also an Asset of Community Value. The applications were recommended for approval by Officers and subsequently granted permission by Planning Committee.

John HelyarCarbrook Hall, Attercliffe Common Sheffield
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Manor Farm, Burton Hastings

DLP, along with BE1 Architects, secured outline planning permission for the erection of six dwellings in Burton Hastings, Rugby.

The proposal allows for the redevelopment of a commercial yard where a proportion of the land is in the West Midlands Green Belt.

The Local Planning Authority accepted that the proposal would improve the openness of the Green Belt and following the adoption of the Rugby Borough Council Local Plan in June, the principle of residential development in this location is now supported. This sustainable development makes provision for six family homes and will provide much needed housing in the Borough.

John HelyarManor Farm, Burton Hastings
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New University Technical College in Doncaster

DLP have obtained planning permission on behalf of the Department for Education, and Willmott Dix-on Construction, for a new purpose-built University Technical College in Doncaster specialising in Ad-vanced Engineering and Digital Design.

The College will have capacity for 750 students and will create approximately 100 new jobs for teachers and other staff members. The new building will also provide community use for sport, performance, exhibitions, business events, start-up space, meetings and conferencing, as well as lifelong learning.

Our role involved working collaboratively with the Local Planning Authority through a stream-lined pre-application and application determination process to address technical matters in-cluding archaeology, heritage and design. Liaison was also undertaken with sensitive neigh-bouring occupiers and unresolved highways matters required collaboration with developers of an adjacent scheme already under construction. DLP ensured that the client’s application was approved ahead of the target determination date to enable an immediate start to be made on site allowing the College to be ready to open for the September 2020 term period.

John HelyarNew University Technical College in Doncaster
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Caddington Retirement Village, Bedfordshire

DLP, working with BE1 Architects Ltd, have secured a resolution to grant planning permission for the development of an integrated Retirement Village of up to 200 residential units (Class C2) with ancillary leisure, community and service space, gardens and greenspace areas.

The scheme was promoted by Emsrayne Limited and will be built and operated by the specialist retirement living developer/operators, Inspired Villages Group (IVG), who are backed by Legal and General Assurance.

The land lies within the Green Belt and lies adjacent to the Chilterns AONB. Discussions with the Local Planning Authority took place over two years and the proposal was supported by a detailed assessment of local need prepared by DLP’s SPRU team.

Although Officers of the LPA recommended refusal, Members (including relevant portfolio holders) accepted that there were very special circumstances demonstrated and resolved to grant planning permission subject to a legal agreement.

Because the development was also a departure from the development plan, the matter was also referred to the Secretary of State, who declined to call in the application allowing it to proceed.

The scheme is presently being detailed up, and it is expected that a commencement will be made towards the middle/end of 2020. When built, the scheme will provide a range of benefits for both its residents and the existing community and will:

  • Include a range of wellness and exercise facilities including a swimming pool and sauna which will be available to residents over the age of 60, on a membership basis;
  • Provide an onsite restaurant and bar which will also be available to residents including private dining areas, available to all age groups;
  • Incorporate an onsite hairdresser/beauty therapy salon;
  • Work with local GP’s and the Health Trust to provide both on site care and ‘sponsored facilities for non-residents’ if required, relieving pressure on the local doctor’s surgery;
  • Create up to 70 full time or full-time equivalent roles;
  • Enhance links to the village by improving the existing public right of way and,
  • Make various improvements to the local highway network.

In parallel with the care village development, DLP Planning also secured a further resolution to allow development of a rural exception, affordable housing scheme, also on Green Belt land in Caddington, comprising 19 dwellings.

John HelyarCaddington Retirement Village, Bedfordshire
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Portland College

DLP have secured full planning approval and subsequent discharge of pre-commencement Conditions for the development of a Woodland Activity Centre at Portland College, Mansfield.

Portland College is a leading specialist college which works with disabled people to develop their employability, independence and communication skills – and with employers, to create an inclusive workforce and to support business growth.

Maber Architects, the landscape architects for the project, designed the Woodland Activity Centre to make optimal use of the varied levels across the site. The Centre will consist of a 100-metre zipline with a climbing wall, a gravity bike trail, an adventure trail and areas for sensory and group activities.

All the proposed facilities have been designed to be accessible to people with disabilities, including wheelchair users, and will also be available free of charge to local primary schools and disadvantaged groups.

John HelyarPortland College
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Suffolk Business Park

DLP Planning Ltd. led the preparation of an outline planning application on behalf of Jaynic Suffolk Park Ltd. for the provision of about 2 million square feet of employment space, as part of a strategic extension to Suffolk Business Park. The scheme will provide significant economic growth opportunities for Bury St Edmunds and an estimated 5,000 new jobs. The site forms part of a wider allocation in the Council’s development plan for strategic employment provision. This was linked to the construction of a new Eastern Relief Road for Bury St Edmunds (now completed) and the development of 500 new homes and a secondary school.

The outline application to create a mix of B1 and B8 uses with infrastructure including an internal distributor road was approved at committee in April 2017. Subsequently DLP Planning Ltd has been retained by our client to discharge the planning conditions and to seek reserved matters approvals as appropriate.

Our clients have now constructed the distributor road and two speculative warehouses of 125,000ft2 and 150,000ft2 respectively, for which DLP Planning Ltd led the application and conditions discharge processes.

Other development on the site, part of which has Enterprise Zone status includes a new global headquarters of Treatt PLC; an international manufacturer and distributor of flavour and fragrance ingredients worldwide.

Overall, the project has required the input and project management of a number of technical consultants to address a range of matters including heritage assets, landscape and drainage constraints. The outline application was accompanied by an Environmental Statement collated and published by DLP Planning Ltd as well as a range of scheme drawings, technical reports and a supporting Planning Statement.

John HelyarSuffolk Business Park
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Rushden Town Council

DLP Planning Ltd and its sister company Community Resource Planning Ltd have successfully supported the local community in delivering a Neighbourhood Plan which was commended by the Examiner as  being a ‘clear and concise, locally distinct [and) coherent policy document’

Rushden is identified in the North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy as a ‘Growth Town’ and is required to deliver some 3,285 dwellings by 2031. A key feature of the plan is to allocate sites for housing, but also set out policies to help safeguard and enhance the future of the market town.

Instructed by Rushden Town Council, DLP was involved in all aspects of the plan making process. This included evidence gathering, SEA screening, undertaking a ‘Call for Sites’ and targeted land searches with recommendations on potential allocations and drafting the plan, supporting documents and proposals map. DLP were also closely involved with the Public Exhibition, analysing the responses received and preparing a Consultation Statement and ‘Basic Conditions Statement’ to show how the plan meets the tests of national policy.

Throughout the process DLP worked closely with the Town Council maintaining regular contact with Members and the Planning Group to offer advice on legislative requirements and the practical application of policy.

The Neighbourhood Plan has now been ‘made’ following a Referendum in which 85% of the votes cast were in favour.

John HelyarRushden Town Council
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Worset Lane

DLP Planning Limited has secured planning permission on behalf of Clearstone Energy, for a gas-powered electricity generator and related infrastructure on land at Worset Lane, Hartlepool.

It is one of several ‘peaking power’ generators for which DLP has gained planning permission on behalf of our client.

The approved development comprises a purpose-built structure containing 11 gas engine generation sets that will generate approximately 49.5MW. The building was designed to visually suit an agricultural setting with robust landscaping. Whilst functional requirements to connect to both the gas supply and electricity distribution networks 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 were considered to have planning merit were 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.

The development is designed to 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 supply from renewable resources. It is intended to underpin investment in the local economy and increase sustainable energy production. Whilst the form of development is suitable for both urban and rural locations, in the case of land at Worset Lane the development was located so that it would not be viewed in isolation, but rather as additional infrastructure which is similar in character, form and operation to existing utilities to which it is related

John HelyarWorset Lane
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Oshwal House

DLP Planning Limited successfully secured planning and listed building consent for a single storey rear extension to Oshwal House, a Grade II Listed Building in the Green Belt, on behalfof the Oshwal Association of the UK (OAUK).

The OAUK are a registered charity who provide community support for all members of the Oshwal Community and Oshwal House is the headquarters of the Association which has a number of community centres in London the Midlands and the North West.  It is also the spiritual centre of the Association and the hub of its educational, social and religious activities.

As such the Centre welcomes visitors from all religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and the purpose of the extension which has now been implemented is to enable extended hospitality facilities to be offered to the Association’s visitors.

The extension accommodates an enlarged dining room for staff, visitors and guests to the headquarters of the Oshwal Association of the UK (OAUK). The previous facility within Oshwal House was too small and could only accommodate a small number of guests. The extension was sensitively designed by Saloria Architects to preserve the fabric and historic interest of the original building, being mindful of the Green Belt location, whilst at the same time providing the improved catering and entertainment facilities required by the OAUK. The scheme was constructed in conjunction with the refurbishment of the house including the repair and replacement of the stucco and replacement of windows for which Listed Building Consent was also obtained.

The importance of the site and the central role that Oshwal House plays as part of the Oshwal Community was a key argument in securing this planning permission. The Council recognised that as the headquarters of the OAUK it is of great importance to a national community and plays an important role in hosting events and meetings for both members and visitors of all religious denominations. The Council were also happy that the size of the proposed extension would not be a disproportionate addition to the original building.

John HelyarOshwal House
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Extension to Derasar

DLP Planning Limited successfully secured planning permission for the construction of a pronaos (area at the front of the temple) to the existing Derasar which is the first and also the largest Shikharbandhi Derasar in Europe – a Shikharbandhi Derasar being characterised by its dome.

The Oshwal Centre is located in the Green Belt near Potters Bar and is the headquarters of the Oshwal Association of the UK (OAUK).

The Derasar is an important place of worship for all those who practice Jainism. All visitors to the temple are required to pause at its entrance and to remove their shoes – and to retrieve them on leaving. The traditional design didn’t provide any protection from the English weather and so an extension fully enclosed by glazed screens was proposed in order to enclose the space and to provide shelter from the elements. The work has now been completed.

The Derasar, or temple, at the Oshwal Centre is the focus for all those who practice Jainism, whether part of the Oshwal community or not. It is of national and international importance as a place of worship.

It is also central to one of the main objectives of the OAUK, which is the advancement of Jainism

The Derasar, whose traditional design originates from India, does not fully account for the English climate. As such, the extension protects visitors when they are preparing to enter the building. The Council recognised the religious importance of the site and also the role that the Derasar plays in the life of the Oshwal community.

John HelyarExtension to Derasar
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