We recently finished one of our more unusual business plans, this time for the restoration of the octagonal, Grade 1 listed Sneath’s Mill at Long Sutton. The mill, which still contains its original timber cogs and workings is being restored by Sneath’s Mill Trust who acquired the freehold in 2008. Read more →
Globe’s client Roy Sanderson has been working on the delivery of the Countryside Business Park and the promotion of the Skegness Eastern Growth Corridor and relief road for more years than he cares to remember – the major stumbling block being the cost of creating a large roundabout access to the site with the potential of providing future access to a relief road and growth corridor – but Roy’s determination has now paid off with the approval of a £4m grant that Globe played an important role in helping to secure.
Globe’s brief started in early 2013 with the development of an advocacy document setting out a vision for Skegness. The result was a glossy and highly visual document underpinned by local data which set out seven future visions for the town, each addressing characteristics present in 2013 and accompanied by brief statements about delivery and expected outcomes.
The Vision was also able to draw on detailed transport work commissioned by Roy from AECOM that looked in detail at the potential of the relief road and its overall impact on Skegness.
The Vision played a useful role as a rallying point for the business, political and community efforts to encourage regeneration in the town, attracting press, radio and TV coverage that coincided with strenuous efforts particularly by the County Council’s Economic Development Portfolio Holder and the East Lincolnshire Destination Management Organisation to make the case for development and growth in the town.
The next stage of our work was to narrow the focus of activity onto the deliverability of the Business Park and the Growth Corridor. Working in partnership with the County Council’s Regeneration Economy and Culture team, John Chappell of Insight for Knowledge and of course our clients Roy and Neil Sanderson of Croftmarsh; work started in earnest to move from advocacy to a robust business case to justify a joint private public sector approach to delivering the infrastructure necessary to open up the business park with a roundabout access to the A52.
The most recent phase of work has been focused on successfully getting the Business Park project into the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Plan and then responding to the increasingly raised bar as projects were whittled down at a regional level and then assessed nationally level as part of the Government’s Single Local Growth Fund grant process.
The outcome of lots of responses to very short deadlines (which always seemed to be communicated on Fridays) and quite intense work by the whole team was the news on Monday that the Skegness bid had been approved in full for a £4m grant.
Once the infrastructure is in place the business park delivers 27 ha of employment land. By year five it is expected to produce income of £15m to the economy and create jobs rising to a planned 500 full time posts.
We are extremely proud of the work we’ve done to help secure the SLGF grant. It has been a genuine team effort, an excellent result for our client Croftmarsh; for Lincolnshire County Council; and the GLLEP but hopefully the real winners will be the residents and future employees in Skegness.
The first few days of living with the pair of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs that we collected on Saturday from Charles Warner in Lincoln have already started to show the potential of the electric rechargeable hybrids. Running around at the weekend gave me an average of over 70 MPG and after a bit of time reading the handbook and thinking about how the system works my 18 mile commute to work on Monday was 90% electric with about half charge left for the rest of the day. It’s already pretty clear however that I’m going to need a way of recharging near the office to get the maximum benefit out of the car.
Driving the car is just like driving any other automatic except for the SILENCE – it feels a bit strange starting up and moving off with no engine noise or feel and first thing Monday morning, trying to manoeuvre on our drive, my brain was momentarily struggling with the concept as I switched on the power and drove towards the side of my wife’s car (missed it).
So far, the driving experience has been very good, although the car’s weight made itself known a couple of times on Saturday – probably more due to my driving style not having adapted quickly enough from rear wheel drive cars than anything else – but as the motoring press have commented the batteries lower the centre of gravity so there is no issue with body role and the ride is better than I had expected.
There have been a couple of glitches on the charging side. The main problem for both Phil and I is that the Outlander is a big car and the Polar charging units that have been installed at our houses through the British Gas scheme just don’t have a long enough cable to easily connect up. I’m managing at the moment by doing some judicious reversing very close to the house and then running the cable under the garage door but I’ll have to get the charging unit relocated and a longer cable installed as soon as possible. Phil is having similar problems and is having to get so close that he can’t open the charging flap fully.
The other very surprising thing is that the flap covering the charging point on the car opens like a fuel cover – it hinges forward against the wing so that while the car is charging it is sticking out at 90 degrees – I think it’s only a matter of time before someone walks into it and damages the rear wing, particularly if it is charging in a public area. The obvious solution would seem to be a top hinged cover which would have rested on the charging plug when in use.
We will be monitoring the MPG and business use over the coming year and reporting our experiences with the PHEVs as part of our commitment to “Investors In The Environment” but today I managed to drive to the office, visit both Hodgson Elkington and Duncan Toplis and almost got back to 26 Westgate again running 100% electric. Fairly steady driving but 60 mph on the commute in and 70 mph on the dual carriageway so it’s looking good so far.
Over the next few months we will be working with Peterborough Environment City Trust team who are helping to guide our application for the Investors In The Environment Green Award, which we hope to achieve this autumn.
It’s less than 24 hours before Globe goes electric with two new Outlander PHEVs to move Phil and I around – silently.
We’ve been delaying car leasing for some time but the new PHEVs will we hope will give us financial and practical benefits without damaging the business’ green credentials at a time when we are looking to achieve the Investors in the Environment Green Award later this year.
When we were kids we thought we’d be in flying cars by now but at least this takes us one step closer to the Jetsons, so watch out for a Black PHEV (Phil’s) and a Grey PHEV (mine) visiting a development site near you.
Building on our excellent relationship with local developer and land owner James Kirby, a formal joint venture agreement has been established with James’ company, Leafbridge to bring forward about 30 acres of ‘brownfield’ land adjacent to North Hykeham Station car park. The joint venture will be delivered as a partnership between Globe Land & Developments Limited and Delta Simons Environmental Consultants Limited.
The JV will see James temporarily step back from the site to focus on his other development interests while Globe Land & Developments and Delta Simons work in partnership to achieve an outline planning permission on what was previously part of the Lincoln Castings site. The Leafbridge development site has potential for a range of uses and has already been the subject of preliminary investigations by Delta Simons.
The JV agreement excludes the existing fishing lakes, at the front of the site, which will continue to be used by the fishing club.
Globe and Delta Simons have already assembled a specialist development team around them to provide the mix of skills necessary to create a first class development in this interesting and highly sustainable location.
BWB Consulting and Globe Consultants have joined forces to provide initial free advice on a range of development matters relating to planning policy and the various technical information required to successfully navigate the statutory planning processes. The event will be a simple drop-in session where those with development ideas and aspirations can call in for an initial consultation.
Toby Forbes-Turner from the City of Lincoln Council will also be joining us between 10 am and Noon to answer questions about the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan which is currently in preparation.
This event is to take place on Wednesday 25th June at the Bentley Hotel, South Hykeham, Lincoln between 8 am and 2pm. Please feel free to pop in for a coffee and a discussion. Take a look at the leaflet here: BWB and Globe joint event and meet our team of advisors here: Meet our Team of Advisors
You can read more about BWE here: http://www.bwbconsulting.com/news/06-2014/lincolnshire-development-planning-drop-in-surgery-25th-june-2014
Globe are celebrating obtaining Planning Permission for a new convenience store in the heart of the village of Tibshelf in Derbyshire. Working on behalf of Doddington Commercial Property and in partnership with Polkey Collins Associates, Globe led detailed discussions with Bolsover District Council which established an agreed set of design parameters and principles thatinformed the subsequent (and successful) detailed application. The scheme will replace a semi-derelict building and secure its replacement with a purpose built, modern building which will improve the local townscape and regenerate this eyesore site.
The new store responds to a shift in consumer habits. Globe’s Integrated Planning Statement established that shopping patterns have changed significantly in the 21s Century, with the general population increasingly ‘topping-up’ their food supplies at small convenience stores to either supplement or replace the more traditional weekly shop or delivery services. It was successfully demonstrated that the proposed store responded to a ‘gap in the market’, providing greater consumer choice within the identified local catchment.
Bolsover District Council granted full planning permission on 19th May 2014. The scheme is expected to deliver in the region of 20 new jobs and it is hoped that the new store will welcome its first customers in early 2015.
We are pleased to confirm that in May 2014, Globe’s Associate Lynette Swinburne was co-opted onto the Royal Town Planning Institute Regional Forum (East Midlands). The regional forum plays an important role, connecting members to the central core of the RTPI and promoting local opportunities to planners within the East Midlands.
This year is a very important one for planning with the centenary of the formation of the Royal Town Planning Institute. The term ‘town planning’ was first used in 1906 and the first president of the RTPI was elected in March 1914. Read more here: http://www.rtpi.org.uk/about-the-rtpi/rtpi-centenary-2014/rtpi-centenary-timeline/
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