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North Hertfordshire Local Plan Examination: Further Matters, Issues and Questions Hearing Statements
White Peak Planning has submitted Hearing Statements to the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of Bloor Homes and The Crown Estate in relation to the North Hertfordshire District Council Local Plan Examination.
The statements address Further Matters, Issues and Questions raised by the Inspector concerning the Council’s Green Belt review, Objectively Assessed Housing Need and the Proposed East of Luton Sites.
White Peak will appear at the Examination hearings for these matters in mid-March.
New Instruction: Infrastructure Enabling Strategic Housing Delivery
White Peak Planning have secured planning permission, on behalf of Bloor Homes Southern, for strategic infrastructure works providing the primary access to a major allocated housing site in Basingstoke.
The planning permission will form a section of strategic infrastructure that is to serve developments within the wider area. The secured permission will help to facilitate the delivery of approximately 1000 new homes under Policy SS3.11 of the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Local Plan 2011 – 2029.
Community Consultation: Macclesfield, Cheshire
White Peak Planning have been instructed by Barratt & David Wilson Homes North West to undertake pre-application community consultation for a proposed residential development in Macclesfield, Cheshire.
As part of the consultation, we were responsible for the preparation and distribution of consultation letters to nearby residents and businesses. We then provided a mechanism for recipients to provide feedback on the proposals and liaised with our client to ensure that comments were either incorporated into the scheme or responses provided where necessary.
New Instruction: Land West of High Street, Arlesey
White Peak Planning has been instructed by Bloor Homes South Midlands to act as planning consultant and planning-phase Project Manager for the co-ordination of a full planning application for residential development and associated infrastructure on land to the west of High Street, Arlesey, Central Bedfordshire.
The proposed development will comprise of 115 residential dwellings and the planning application is to be submitted in Winter 2019/20.
New Starters at White Peak Planning
White Peak Planning has expanded its office in Didsbury, Manchester in response to a growing portfolio of planning and EIA projects nationwide.
Dan Whitney joins as Associate Director after spending 10 years with Mosaic Town Planning and will help to deliver existing projects, as well as expand the company’s presence in the North West.
Jodie Farnill has also joined from Bathurst Partners in York as a Graduate Planner and Liam Curran has started as a Graduate Environmental Planner. Kirti Mistry will provide business and project support.
Director Rob White said: “The business has been steadily growing over seven years and we are delighted to welcome Dan, Liam, Jodie and Kirti to our team. With added strength in depth we are well placed to support existing and new clients here in the North West and across the country”.
New Resolution to Grant Permission: Northampton West
On behalf of Bloor Homes South Midlands, White Peak Planning have secured a resolution to grant outline planning permission for 1,750 homes to the west of Northamptonshire.
The development is located within Daventry and South Northamptonshire, with each councils committee voting to approve the development, subject to an S106 agreement.
White Peak Planning provided planning advice, coordinated the Environmental Impact Assessment and managed the planning phase on behalf of Bloor Homes.
New Permissions: The Radcliffe School, Milton Keynes
On behalf of The Radcliffe School, Milton Keynes, White Peak Planning have secured two new planning permissions as part of a long-standing involvement in the re-development of the sports college.
The first permission is for the demolition of an existing disused gymnasium and changing rooms and the construction of a new front entrance to the school and associated reception area, single storey rear lobby area and a two-storey Sixth Form block.
The second permission is for the provision of a temporary classroom in order to accommodate additional demand.
New Permission: Mulberry Walk, Sutton Coldfield
On behalf of a franchisee of The Massage Company, White Peak Planning have successfully obtained a non-material amendment to an existing planning permission at Unit 5C, Mulberry Walk, Sutton Coldfield.
The NMA is for the extension of the first-floor mezzanine to allow for the creation of a staff room with access to natural light for the employees of The Massage Company.
New Submission: 151 - 161 Monton Road, Eccles.
On behalf of S & D Leisure, White Peak Planning has submitted a full planning application to Salford City Council for the extension and change of use of 159-161 Monton Road, Eccles.
The planning application outlines a change of use from the existing retail and residential to a new bar, restaurant, residential and a single-storey rear extension.
The application was submitted in June 2019 and White Peak Planning shall continue working with both the client and the Local Planning Authority, during the determination period, with the aim of obtaining a positive decision in Summer/Autumn 2019.
New Permission: Land South of Runnell's Lane, Thornton, Sefton
White Peak Planning submitted a full planning application on behalf of Barratt and David Wilson Homes in December 2018 for 183 residential dwellings at land south of Runnell's Lane, Thornton, Sefton.
On 27th March 2019, the application went to Sefton Council's Planning Committee with a recommendation for approval. Despite a petition against the scheme and local residents speaking against the proposals, the Council resolved to grant planning permission, subject to conditions and a S106 Agreement.
The S106 Agreement has now been finalised and a decision notice has been issued.
Promotion at White Peak Planning
Chris Garratt has been promoted to the role of Director at White Peak Planning. Chris has worked for the company since 2013 and covers both the planning and EIA sides of the business.
New Submission: Land North of Rowlands Castle Road, Horndean, East Hampshire
On behalf of Bloor Homes Southern, White Peak Planning has submitted an outline planning application for development of land north of Rowlands Castle Road, Horndean.
The proposed development comprises up to 85 new dwellings, associated infrastructure, formal and informal open space and access. The application is part of a wider site allocated for residential-led development in the East Hampshire Local Plan.
We shall now work with the local planning authority during the determination period with the aim of obtaining a positive decision in Summer 2019.
New Permission: The Radcliffe School, Milton Keynes
On behalf of The Radcliffe School, Milton Keynes, White Peak Planning have secured planning permission for the final phase of improvements, as part of a long-standing involvement in the re-development of the sports college.
The works are planned to get underway during the school summer holidays with completion scheduled before the commencement of the next academic year in September 2019.
New Submission: Greater Manchester Spatial Framework
On behalf of Barratt Homes and FW Investments, White Peak Planning has submitted written representations to the consultation on the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF).
The purpose of the representations was to support the proposals to allocate part of Plumpton Farm, Oldham for residential development as part of GM Allocation 21, but also to make the case for allocating the adjacent land with Rochdale for development.
As the GMSF is not constrained by individual local authority boundaries within Greater Manchester, this would provide the perfect opportunity for allocating all of Plumpton Farm for development, rather than just the portion within Oldham.
New Instruction: Ashingdon Road, Rochford, Essex
White Peak Planning have been instructed by Bloor Homes Eastern to act as planning-phase Project Manager for the co-ordination of an outline planning application for residential development and associated infrastructure on land at Ashingdon Road, Rochford, Essex.
The role of White Peak Planning will be to co-ordinate the different planning, technical, design and other work streams required to secure planning permission on behalf of the client.
New Submission: Ladygrove East, Didcot
On behalf of Bloor Homes Southern, White Peak Planning has co-ordinated an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for an outline planning application at land known as Ladygrove East in Didcot, South Oxfordshire.
The proposed development comprises up to 750 dwellings, community uses, public open space and associated infrastructure. Although the site is not environmentally sensitive, an EIA was required to assess the likely significant cumulative effects with various other development sites in and around Didcot, including the proposed Didcot Northern Perimeter Road located at the east of the site but outside of the application.
The application was submitted in March 2019 and we shall continue to work with the project team and Client during the determination period to address technical matters as they arise.
New Permission: St Elizabeth’s Place, Bootle, Sefton
On behalf of Bellway Homes, White Peak Planning have secured planning permission for the final phase of the St Elizabeth’s Place development, Bootle, Sefton.
The development comprises 9 dwellings and associated infrastructure, bringing the site into residential use rather than a mixture of retail, office and leisure uses as previously proposed.
New Instruction: Basingstoke Golf Course
In order to help meet a tight deadline for submission of a planning application, White Peak Planning has been instructed by Bloor Homes to act as planning-phase Project Manager for the co-ordination of an outline planning application for the re-development of Basingstoke Golf Course.
The proposed development will comprise up to 1,100 residential dwellings and the planning application is to be submitted in Spring 2019.
New Submission: Keresley, Coventry
On behalf of Bellway Homes, White Peak Planning has co-ordinated an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for an outline planning application for up to 550 dwellings at land between Tamworth Road and Fivefield Road, Coventry.
As the site was part of a larger allocation for development at Keresley, an EIA was required to assess the likely significant cumulative effects of the development proposals.
The application was submitted in December 2018 and we shall continue to work with the project team and Client during the determination period to address technical matters as they arise.
New Permission and Listed Building Consent: The Massage Company, Tunbridge Wells
On behalf of the Massage Company, White Peak Planning have secured planning permission for the change of use of a Grade II Listed Building in the centre of Tunbridge Wells from retail (A1) to a sui generis use as a Massage Centre.
The dedicated massage centre will provide various affordable massage treatments to aid recovery from surgery, relaxation and aid stress. Rather than being an occasional treatment the Massage Company seeks to make it easier for the public to benefit from massage, making it a routine treatment.
The works to refurbish the Listed Building are underway and the massage centre will be opening in late Summer 2018.
New Instructions: Three Sites for Bloor Homes
White Peak Planning have been instructed by Bloor Homes Eastern to act as planning-phase Project Manager for the co-ordination of three planning applications for development in Braintree, Chelmsford and Basildon, Essex. The proposed developments comprise between 475 and 1,200 units.
The role of White Peak Planning will be to coordinate the different planning, technical, design and other work streams required to secure planning permission.
New Permission: Edgar Wood Centre, Manchester
On behalf of J.P.S Property Company Ltd. White Peak Planning has successfully secured planning permission for the change of use of the Grade I Listed Edgar Wood Centre, in Victoria Park, Manchester from a Place of Worship (D1 Use) to an events centre (Sui Generis Use).
Following a request for pre-application advice, Manchester City Council initially raised a number of concerns with regard to the proposed change of use. Whilst there were no public objections to the proposal, the Council were concerned that the use was out of centre, would create problems on the local highway network and have the potential to impact on surrounding residential properties.
However a detailed planning submission was prepared by White Peak Planning, which included a Heritage Statement and Sequential Assessment and was accompanied by a Transport Statement and Acoustic Assessment. This included several measures to mitigate potential impacts and provided the necessary evidence to the Council to overcome their concerns and secure a positive decision.
The grant of planning permission has secured an active and viable use for this unique and characterful Grade I Listed building, and will allow the building to be enjoyed by members of the public. The Edgar Wood Centre is already fully licenced to hold ceremonies and the owner is now looking forward to being able to host a range functions and events.
New Permission: Monton Road, Eccles, Salford
White Peak Planning have secured planning permission on behalf of S & D Leisure Ltd. for change of use of 159 and 161 Monton Road. The existing buildings comprise retail and residential uses and the permission allows a new bar and restaurant with a retail unit at ground floor (mix of A3/ A4 and A1 Use).
The application follows a recent appeal decision to allow the change of use of 159 Monton Road and incorporates internal and external design changes including the expansion into the adjacent premises. The additional space allows for the creation of an external dining area and terrace at first floor.
New Permission: Kettlebell Kitchen, Ancoats, Manchester
White Peak Planning have won an appeal and partial costs award against the refusal of the change of use of the highway outside the Kettlebell Kitchen store in Ancoats, Manchester to form a pavement café.
The planning application sought permission for the seating area on the pavement which is over 7m wide, but was refused by Manchester City Council on the grounds of highway safety and impact on residential amenity in July 2017.
The Inspector agreed with the evidence provided by White Peak Planning that the pavement café would in fact improve the for safety pedestrians by preventing vehicles illegally parking on the pavement. In addition, the Inspector considered that there would be no adverse impact on amenity from the pavement seating area as all furniture would be stored inside when the café is closed.
The Inspector also awarded a partial costs claim on the basis that the Council could have used conditions to overcome one of their reasons for refusal.
New Instruction: Sandleford Park, Newbury
White Peak Planning has been instructed by Bloor Homes Southern and the Sandleford Farm Partnership to co-ordinate an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for an outline planning application at Sandleford Park, Newbury.
The application is for a residential-led mixed-use development of up to 1,000 dwellings, a residential care facility, a 2FE primary school, a local centre and Country Park.
As well as co-ordinating the EIA and preparing the Environmental Statement, we are also instructed to prepare an Energy and Sustainability Statement for the residential and non-residential elements of the development.
New Submissions: Land North of Poverty Lane and South of School Lane, Maghull, Sefton
White Peak Planning, on behalf of Countryside Properties and Persimmon Homes, has submitted a hybrid planning application to Sefton Council for a site to the north of Poverty Lane, Maghull. We have also submitted an outline application on behalf of The East Maghull Consortium for adjacent land to the south of School Lane.
The two sites form the majority of the Land East of Maghull allocation in the Sefton Local Plan, which includes for a minimum of 1,400 homes, a 20ha business park and a local centre.
The Countryside/Persimmon application is for 830 new homes (in full) and an older persons housing scheme (in outline) and the East Maghull Consortium application is for up to 855 new homes, a local centre and an older persons housing scheme.
White Peak Planning acted as planning consultants for both applications and also co-ordinated a joint Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). We are now managing both applications through to determination.
New Submission: Northampton West, Daventry and South Northamptonshire
White Peak Planning has submitted a planning application on behalf of Bloor Homes South Midlands to Daventry District Council and South Northamptonshire Council for up to 1,750 new homes, a primary school and a new local centre.
In addition, we have also submitted a separate outline planning application to both authorities for Phase 1 of the development which includes up to 600 new homes, as well as the primary school and local centre.
White Peak Planning acted as planning consultants and also co-ordinated the Environmental Impact Assessment. We are now working closely with the Officers from the two local authorities through the determination period.
Appeal Allowed: Palatine Road, Manchester
White Peak Planning has successfully appealed against the refusal of the proposed change of use of 12-14 Palatine Road, Manchester from apartments to offices.
The planning application by JPS Property was refused by Manchester City Council in March 2017 due to the loss of residential rental accommodation and also because the site is located outside of the areas identified in the Core Strategy for employment and economic development in South Manchester.
However, the Inspector agreed with the evidence provided by White Peak Planning that there is sufficient available residential rental accommodation in the local area and that the location of the site formed part of a mix of non-residential uses associated with Withington Centre and The Christie Hospital. The proposals therefore, passed the Sequential Test.
WPP achieve the IEMA EIA Quality Mark
White Peak Planning is delighted to announce that we have achieved the EIA Quality Mark from the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). Joining the scheme demonstrates our commitment to excellence in our EIA activities and we will be reviewed annually to ensure that we are continuing to deliver added value for our clients.
The EIA Quality Mark demonstrates our expertise in EIA, which is even more important now that the recently adopted 2017 EIA Regulations include the following requirements:
'In order to ensure the completeness and quality of the environmental statement—
(a) the developer must ensure that the environmental statement is prepared by competent
(b) the environmental statement must be accompanied by a statement from the developer
outlining the relevant expertise or qualifications of such experts.'
More information about the IEMA EIA Quality Mark scheme and our commitments can be found here.
Success at Appeal: High Peak Borough Council
Rob White has again been successful at a S78 appeal on behalf of High Peak Borough Council (HPBC). Rob acted as Planning Expert Witness for HPBC at an appeal against the refusal of a planning application for a new residential development in Tunstead Milton.
The Public Inquiry ran for five days in February and March 2017 and the decision letter dismissing the appeal was issued by PINS in April 2017.
Discharge of Conditions: Eastern Quarry WwTW, Ebbsfleet Garden City
On behalf of Metropolitan, White Peak Planning has successfully discharged a range of technical planning conditions and introduced additional flexibility into the planning consent for a new on-site wastewater treatment works (WwTW) at the Eastern Quarry development, Ebbsfleet Garden City. This will enable development of phase 1 of the WwTW, along with delivery of the access road for later phases.
Working closely with the waste authority and project team we were able to ensure that the issues raised were addressed in accordance with the programme for overall delivery of the scheme. We will now continue to work with Metropolitan and the project team to ensure the timely discharge of conditions prior to later phases of the scheme.