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Case Studies - Mixed Use

Walsingham Planning

Mixed Use case studies - Walsingham Planning

A selection of case studies from the Walsingham Planning portfolio.

Mixed Use - Lidl - Twickenham

Walsingham Planning has secured permission for a new Lidl Foodstore in Twickenham, which will house a brand Primary School above it, with a first floor Playground.

A previous mixed use scheme for a Foodstore and Hotel by another party had been refused and Lidl’s initial proposal was for a mixed use scheme for a Foodstore and Flats. However, the Council desperately needed new Primary School accommodation and so the bold decision was taken to plan the School above the Foodstore – one of the first of its kind in the UK.

We overcame a myriad of issues associated with this brownfield site, including loss of Office accommodation, neighbouring residential amenity in a tight-knit urban context, a conservation area setting with an adjacent listed building, strict design criteria, transport and parking considerations, as well as the operational considerations associated with this unusual combination of uses.

A public exhibition prior to the submission of the application was followed up with smaller meetings with groups of residents to keep local people informed of the proposals.

The new development will bring significant benefits to the local community by providing a new Primary School where it is desperately needed as well as enhanced retail provision, additional jobs and environmental improvements. It is hoped that this consent could act as a template which could be replicated elsewhere to provide much needed schools in constrained urban areas.

Mixed Use - Lidl - Twickenham

Mixed Use - St. Mary’s Gate - Sheffield

Walsingham Planning was appointed by New Era Developments (UK) to provide planning advice in relation to a major mixed use scheme on St Mary’s Gate, which forms part of the Ring Road around Sheffield. The site was sensitive due to its location, the presence of existing occupiers and its proximity to a number of key heritage assets, including a Grade 2* listed church.

The scheme involved the complete redevelopment of a 0.8 hectare site comprising demolition of a number of buildings in existing employment use and the erection of three new buildings ranging in height from 5 to 21 storeys.

The buildings were to accommodate a broad range of uses including an Oriental Cash and Carry/ Supermarket; Offices, including Incubator Units; Student and Residential Accommodation. In total, over 40,000 sq m of development was sought, including 700 bedspaces.

Walsingham Planning managed the submission and negotiation of the planning application, including difficult discussions with the Council in respect of the various planning and technical matters including the loss of designated employment land, the provision of out-of-centre retail, flood risk and drainage, the diversion of water infrastructure and demonstrating compliance with the sequential and exception tests for retail and heritage assets.

Significant and unrealistic levels of financial contribution and affordable housing was initially sought by the Council. Walsingham Planning lead complex and sensitive discussions with the Council and District Valuer and successfully negotiated away any such requirements, on the proviso that development was to commence within an agreed timescale.

Mixed Use - St. Mary’s Gate - Sheffield
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