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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