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.