Having been centrally involved in the planning stages of the Lincoln Transport Hub as the planning consultants for the proposal it was great to be invited by Willmott Dixon to visit the site to see progress to date and hear first-hand the experience of the implementation on site. Whilst we all thought we knew the area well it is amazing to appreciate the scale of the site after the former buildings and road infrastructure have been cleared away to make way for this exciting development. What a transformation to the City this will be!
It was great to see this hugely exciting investment coming together and we are really looking forward to the massive changes that we will see in the coming months as the new townscape is truly revealed.
The Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee (CLJSPC) meeting on 24 April 2017 resolved to formally adopt the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan which forms the Development Plan for the Central Lincolnshire authorities of the City of Lincoln, North Kesteven and West Lindsey.
The agenda for the meeting includes the adopted plan and policies maps and can be viewed here: https://www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/central-lincolnshire/
The CLJSPC have now uploaded the adopted plan and policies maps, which can be viewed here: https://www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/central-lincolnshire/local-plan/
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.
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