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Case Studies - Residential

Walsingham Planning

Residential case studies - Walsingham Planning

A selection of case studies from the Walsingham Planning portfolio.

Residential - Whitehill - Newton Abbot

Outline planning permission was granted on appeal following a lengthy battle with the Local Planning Authority.

Walsingham Planning originally worked with volume housebuilder clients to secure an allocation for residential development at Newton Abbot, Devon and was subsequently instructed to prepare a Masterplan for the site and submit an outline planning application for over 200 dwellings. Negotiations with the LPA were protracted although the client was initially keen to obtain a local decision.

Despite the application being recommended for approval by the Planning Case Officer the proposals were refused by Planning Committee and an appeal was lodged. The appeal was heard by way of a Public Inquiry and Walsingham Planning provided expert witness evidence to support the proposals.

The appeal was called in by the Secretary of State due to the site’s relationship to the Newton Abbot Neighbourhood Plan and the decision was finally issued in April 2017. The case highlights that even sites which benefit from Local Plan allocations can be subject to significant delay and in some cases the most effective course of action is to appeal.

Residential - Whitehill - Newton Abbot

Residential - Millbay - Plymouth

Set in the historic naval town of Plymouth, the transformation of Millbay is a key element in the Council’s vision to make City one of Europe’s most vibrant waterfront locations. Millbay Marina Village is situated at the southern end of Millbay overlooking Plymouth Sound, approximately one mile from the City Centre.

Full planning permission has been secured by Walsingham Planning for a breath-taking new building designed around the character of a ship completing a 26-year project to regenerate a run-down stretch of the City’s waterfront.

The dramatic landmark building, held up by a series of curved steel ‘ribs’ and containing luxury apartments, is the centrepiece of plans to revitalise the Millbay Marina area and transform it into a new residential village.

Walsingham Planning was instructed to provide planning advice in relation to the proposals and were also tasked with the preparation and submission of the planning application. The application site was highly constrained and required a number of competing constraints to be balanced and addressed including flood risk, marine ecology, the potential for unexploded ordnance and landscape and visual impact. Walsingham Planning coordinated the Environmental Statement which supported the proposals.

The proposals also required a Marine Management Organisation Order (MMO) to construct the development as some of the proposed apartments are located on a pier stretching out into the sea. Walsingham Planning prepared and submitted the MMO Order, which was granted in tandem with the planning consent.

Residential - Millbay - Plymouth

Allstone Sands Gravels and Aggregates Trading Co Ltd - Gloucester

Acting for the landowner, Walsingham Planning has been successful in securing a Planning Committee resolution to grant outline planning permission for 200 dwellings and 200 student bed spaces on land off Myers Road within the city of Gloucester.

The site extends to 5.5 hectares and occupies a prominent ‘gateway’ location alongside the main Gloucester to Birmingham railway line. The site comprises generally visually degraded brownfield land, containing a number of commercial uses, including a waste transfer/recycling facility previously safeguarded by Waste Core Strategy policy.

The brownfield nature of the site accessed via a busy urban road network, and its proximity to a main railway line, presented a number of challenges to the planning application. Through its planning and project management roles, Walsingham Planning coordinated the appointment of a skilled project team to address a broad range of issues, including noise and vibration impacts, archaeology, contamination, parking and traffic impacts, and drainage.

As lead planning consultant, Walsingham Planning presented a persuasive planning case to the Gloucester City Council (the LPA) that drainage and urban design considerations, and traffic, parking and noise/vibration issues can all be satisfactorily addressed without detriment to the client’s aspirations to maximise developable coverage across the site.

Through proactive negotiation and management of the planning application, Walsingham Planning have secured beneficial Section 106 planning obligations for the client, limited to the delivery and future maintenance of on-site public open space only.

Allstone Sands Gravels and Aggregates Trading Co Ltd - Gloucester

Residential - Meir Health - Staffordshire

Walsingham Planning advises various private sector developers and Registered Social Landlords in regard to affordable housing proposals. Such sites range from previously developed land in urban areas to greenfield sites in the Green Belt.

Amongst our successes in this sector was a scheme in Meir Heath, Staffordshire where we obtained planning permission for the development of a greenfield site in the Green Belt for 20 affordable homes.

As part of the project we evolved a Housing Sequential Assessment which enabled us to robustly demonstrate a lack of suitable, available and viable non Green Belt sites to accommodate the need for this form of development. This assessment was critical to gaining officer and elected Member support for the scheme, and the principle of the development of the site for housing, in the context of strong local objection

Significant financial contributions were initially sought towards local infrastructure improvements. Working closely with the Council and District Valuer, we were successful in negotiating away all financial contributions, resulting in the grant of a planning permission with no Section 106 obligations.

Residential - Meir Health - Staffordshire

Residential - Wootton - Oxfordshire

Walsingham Planning has achieved outline planning permission and reserved matters consent for up to 64 private and affordable houses at a site in Oxfordshire.

The site was designated by the Council for employment use, but a window of opportunity had opened up where the Council was willing to consider all appropriate sites for housing, due to a sustained period of poor housing land supply. In order to secure the principle of development whilst this window existed, we advised pursuing an outline planning consent which could then be supplemented with later reserved matters permissions.

The site lay at the edge of an established small town and public consultation with local residents was therefore critical to the success of the proposal. Liaison with the Parish Council helped to highlight key local issues, which were then addressed in the planning application submission and later negotiations as applicable.

Permission was secured for the development, delivering an excellent result to our client, an attractive addition to the area’s housing stock and assisting the Council to move towards meeting its housing supply targets.

Residential - Wootton - Oxfordshire
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