Breakfast Seminar Thursday 17 March 2016

Maximising Development Opportunities in the Current Planning Environment

The next P&DG Planning Update Breakfast Seminar will take place on Thursday 17 March. Registration, breakfast and networking from 7.30am until 9am.

Seminar 9am - 10.30am.

Members of the P&DG Team will provide advice on 'Maximising Development Opportunities in the current Planning Environment' and an update on emerging legislation.

We are also pleased to confirm our two guest speakers:

Speaker 1

Claire Wright, Rural Surveyor
Country Land and Business Association (CLA).
The CLA is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and business in rural England and Wales.

Speaker 2

Andrew Baker, Managing Director
Baker Consultants
Baker Consultants offers an ecological consultancy service backed by thorough scientific knowledge and a meticulous understanding of the regulatory framework.

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Planning Permission Secured for 31 Dwellings on Edge of Peak District

Planning and Design Group has helped to secure planning permission for 31 new dwellings on the edge of the Peak District at Wirksworth. We provided planning and design support to the planning application alongside landscape impact assessment. The site comprises a key greenfield location on the slope of the Ecclesbourne Valley, overlooking Bolehill and next to the Ecclesbourne Valley Heritage Railway. It also lies directly adjoining the Wirksworth Conservation Area. The development will comprise a mix of family housing alongside 7 affordable, accessible flats for the elderly. 

The scheme is the first major development to be approved since the adoption of the Wirksworth Neighbourhood Plan.  

Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Planning Committee unanimously approved the application, particularly commending its design and layout.

Outline Planning Consent for 250 Dwellings on Edge of Derby

P&DG has obtained outline planning consent with all matters reserved except access, subject to completion of the Section 106 Agreement, for a high quality, sustainable residential development of 250 dwellings on the edge of Oakwood, Derby. P&DG has been engaged in the longstanding promotion of the site through to an allocation in the emerging Derby City Local Plan Part 1: Core Strategy, working proactively with planners and fellow consultants to secure the positive decision at Planning Committee, concurring with officer recommendations.

The development also includes 75 much needed affordable homes, provision for an ecological wildlife corridor extending beyond Chaddesden Wood Local Nature Reserve, over 3 hectares of accessible public open space, a neighbourhood play facility, new footpath links and pedestrian crossing to facilitate better linkages towards the Breadsall railway cutting. An overcapacity in the on-site drainage attenuation system has been designed into the north-eastern corner of the site to manage surface water both on and offsite, responding directly to concerns raised during the consultation about flooding further afield in the Breadsall area. Moreover approximately £1.2 million has been proposed to be directly invested in Oakwood, towards the maintenance and support for new open space, leisure and community facilities, and highway improvements to the A61 corridor as part of the associated S106 Agreement.

Following extensive public consultation before and after the submission, P&DG and the rest of the application team have secured a highly desirable development that received the support of material, consultees including the Highways Authority, Derbyshire County Archaeology, Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water. The landscape and amenity value of the site, which forms part of a designated Green Wedge were found not to be significant when tested against the Council’s lack of a five year housing land supply and the NPPF. Ultimately the location of development has been proven to be very sustainable in assisting the city’s housing delivery to provide family homes, that should respond positively to the existing built form when developed as part of the future Reserved Matters submission.

Planning Approval secured for Traditional Farmhouse and New Dwellings

P&DG have obtained planning approval for the restoration of a traditional farmhouse and erection of 3 new dwellings in Nether Langwith.  The site has previously been subject of an unsuccessful planning application and appeal due to design constraints from the adjoining Conservation Area.  For P&DG to overcome such constraints we undertook a heritage appraisal analysing Nether Langwith Conservation Area and built form, to identify key design cues and principles which were then applied to the design process.  By demonstrating key design links and enhancements to the Conservation Area, the Conservation Officer praised the scheme stating

the proposed new development reflects the local distinctiveness of the historic environment without directly copying it or being pastiche
— Conservation Officer

 The scheme will be highly desirable and prove to be an excellent example of quality design within the Village.

Midlands office secures Certificate of Lawfulness for four bedroom detached dwelling in Derbyshire Green Belt.

P&DG have obtained a Certificate of Lawfulness for a large detached dwelling in the Derbyshire Countryside, surrounding by hectares of woodland. Planning permission was originally granted for the dwelling for a forestry worker and restricted by condition to persons working in agriculture or forestry. Following the death of the owners, the heirs provided evidence that the occupiers had not been actively engaged in forestry and had other employment from original occupation. We successfully argued that in these circumstances the original permission had never been lawfully implemented. In demonstrating that the house had been occupied for over four years, the dwelling had become lawful and is not tied to any of the original conditions or a planning obligation which prevented the splitting up of the house and woodland. The grant of the certificate ensures a significant uplift in value for the property.

London office secures Certificate of Lawfulness for unrestricted retail consent on 'bulky goods' DIY depot in Leyton

Our London office has obtained a Lawful Development Certificate for an existing DIY superstore enabling unrestricted retail use. The original planning conditions on the building sought to restrict the use to the sale of bulky goods only. Following a review of recent case law, P&DG established that the wording of the original condition did not prevent the operation of an unrestricted retail use from the site. The Council accepted our case and the potential for a discount supermarket to operate from the site has now been established along with an uplift in land value.