Globe were very pleased to welcome and offer support to Traci Whitfield from the English Chess Federation (ECF), at The Tithe Barn yesterday. We wish the Under 11s team well in the ‘European Schools Chess Championships’ in their competition in June in Budva, Montenegro – particularly Venezia’s Nephew Samuel who makes his debut representing England!
Planning Inspectors, Jeremy Youle BA(Hons) MATRP MRTPI DipPSM and Matthew Birkinshaw BA(Hons) Msc MRTPI, appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, have issued their report on the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan to the Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee.
Once it’s published ,Globe will be working and living with this Local Plan for quite a few years to come, and its interpretation is likely to be tested in many of our applications and appeal decisions by Planning Inspectors. At this very early stage this isn’t an attempt to analyse the issues it presents (we did enough of that through the consultation and hearing stages), but hopefully the following extract from the Inspectors’ Report and some observations of our own, will flag up a few points that we know clients are thinking about. Read more →
Outline planning permission has been obtained for 4 new detached houses at land to the rear of Westfield Drive, North Greetwell. The development is a well located and sustainable site on the fringes of the village, and offers a positive opportunity to remove the disturbance caused by the site’s current uses.
A planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has agreed with Globe’s case presented in support of the reuse of these large former military buildings for use class B8 storage and ancillary business use class B1 uses. In assessing the appeal against North Lincolnshire Council’s refusal the Inspector agreed that the proposals would have no highway safety, heritage and amenity impacts that couldn’t be properly controlled through site management secured through planning conditions. She concluded that the proposals were consistent with the Council’s own policy and that the proposed development entirely suitable for its location.
The Inspector also found that the Council had acted unreasonably in refusing the application whilst failing to provide any evidence to support assertions that harm would arise. The application had previously been assessed by officers and recommended for approval. As a result of that unreasonable behaviour an application to reclaim costs for pursuing the appeal has been awarded to the appellant.
Globe will be returning to the south of France to join business from all over the world at MIPIM, the world’s leading property market. The event takes place between Tuesday 14th March and Friday 17th March in Cannes.
Our Managing Director Phil Scrafton will be there on behalf of Globe and would be please to meet up with you if there is anything you feel might be useful to discuss. Phil will be attending numerous events and is always happy to spend some time over a coffee or a beer meeting new people and catching up on things that might be of mutual interest.
Phil’s number is 07973 257 853
Fantastic news today that Lincoln Cathedral Connected has secured its major Heritage Lottery Grant which, alongside the £1.5m already approved by the David Ross Foundation, will allow the Cathedral to realise the Connected project.
The team effort behind this project has been immense and multi-layered, with everyone involved seeing the benefits the Connected scheme could bring to Lincolnshire.
Globe has been part of the team working on the project since 2013 and we are very proud to have made a contribution to the success of the bid in our ‘home city’.
Globe’s element of the work has been a journey from preparing the Initial Feasibility Study, where Caroe Architecture worked with Globe to add a visual interpretation of our findings and proposals. From there we moved to an outline Business Plan and then to provide an Economic Impact Assessment, all of which formed part of the successful Stage 1 HLF application.
2014 found Globe preparing and submitting a full OJEU compliant tender to prepare a business plan to support the Stage 2 HLF Application. Globe, with specialist leisure accountants Insight Chartered Accountants as a sub-contractor, was appointed though the competitive tendering process and our work on Lincoln Cathedral Connected Stage 2 started in May 2015.
It quickly became clear that one of our biggest and ongoing challenges was modelling the likely change in visitor numbers resulting from the Connected project. This was because of the re-opening of Lincoln Castle; the opening of the new David Ross Magna Carta Vault and the Magna Carta 800 Anniversary all happened in 2015. This created a welcome and very significant step-change in visitor numbers to the City’s Cathedral Quarter but made it unrealistic to model predictions from either the Cathedral’s or the city’s historic visitor data, so we worked out a slightly different approach.
By September 2016 we were able hand over a completed final business plan covering all of the revenue-generating elements of the Connected project projected through to project completion and beyond to the subsequent years. Along the way we had also helped sort out a few planning issues, commissioned a Transport Statement, and dipped briefly into the utilities, drainage issues, and carbon footprint – so business as normal.
The interdisciplinary approach that the Cathedral’s management team chose to adopt allowed draft work to be considered in a very collaborative way so that design, technical and commercial solutions blended throughout the process and I’m sure that was apparent to the HLF Staff and Trustees who met and questioned the whole team as part of their assessment of the Grant Application.
Delivery will be the next major stage and that will see the Old Deanery on Eastgate linked to a new building constructed behind the Cathedral Cloister to create a new Visitor Centre, Exhibition Space, Café, Shop and Education Suite; the Deans Green and the grounds to the north of the Cathedral will be opened and landscaped as public space; the magnificent West Front will be fully restored; Minster Yard will be reconstructed to give level access to the Cathedral and improve the public space; and Exchequergate Arch will be restored and the big crack in the north arch fixed.
It’s not very often that the majority of the ideas coming out of an initial Feasibility Assessment find their way through to the implementation stage of a project as complex as this one. It’s great that this is the one that did, and I get to walk past every day on my way to and from Globe’s office.
It’s impossible to end this blog without acknowledging the efforts of the whole consultancy team and all of those involved from the Cathedral but in particular the time and effort that Subdean Revd Cannon John Patrick put in to leading the project and the huge workload that was undertaken by Dr Anne Irving as the primary author and co-ordinator of the HLF Bid.
Thanks guys, it was great to be involved in this one.
Alongside Globe’s recently increased capability in Transport Planning, we start 2017 with Flood Risk and Drainage specialist Roy Lobley working as part of the Globe team from our offices in the Tithe Barn.
For developments greater than 10 dwellings the Lead Local Flood Authority expects drainage strategy information for any site as part of a planning application, so being able to provide an in-house solution further enhances the service we provide to clients.
Roy is a highly respected, experienced engineer and manager having worked for over 35 years in land drainage, flood defence and flood risk management for both the public and private sectors. He started his career with an Internal Drainage Board, before moving to the newly formed National Rivers Authority, then the Environment Agency and finally multidisciplinary consultancies before setting up Roy Lobley Consulting from his hometown of Lincoln.
Roy has been involved in over 1000 Flood Risk Assessments, dealing with all levels of Flood Risk Assessments. His part-time base in the Globe office allows us to fully integrate flood risk into our planning statements, undertaking Flood Risk Assessments in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework and including an Outline Sustainable Drainage Strategy were required.
Phil Williams, the current President of the Royal Town Planning Institute recently visited Lincoln and Globe were very pleased to be able to host the visit. Working with partners including City of Lincoln Council, Lincoln Castle, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincolnshire County Council and RW Stokes & Sons, the President was shown many of the interesting projects underway in the city.
You can read more about the visit here.
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