Illustration by Simpson and Brown Architects
The end of September saw Globe issue the final draft of the Business Plan for the Lincoln Cathedral Connected project. The Business Plan is part of a large scale Heritage Lottery Fund application being made by the Cathedral to support a £16m multi-faceted project which will create a new visitor centre, complete with exhibition and education facilities, a new café/restaurant, and a new cathedral shop. Connected will also create new public realm, complete the conservation of the Cathedral’s West Front, and provide a fully accessible visitor experience with particular attention being paid to enhancing the visitor experience for disabled visitors.
Globe has been working on the project as part of a multi-disciplinary team made up of specialist professional practices from around the UK, along with the Cathedral’s own project team led by the Acting Dean and Subdean The Rev Canon John Patrick.
The relatively complex Business Plan, with its associated Market Appraisal and Economic Impact Assessment, focuses on the increased visitor activity generated by Connected and the effect of this on the Cathedral’s main sources of trading income; in particular, ticket sales, sales of food and drink from a new restaurant/cafe, and retail sales from a new Cathedral shop. One of the more difficult aspects of the plan was establishing a model for the projected growth in visitor activity resulting directly from Connected, at a time when Lincoln has seen a significant increase in visitor activity. This was the result of Lincoln Castle re-opening in 2015 following the extensive Castle Revealed project and the construction of the P J Ross Magna Carta Vault, which houses Lincoln Cathedral’s copy of the Magna Carta.
Globe’s starting point for visitor projections was to use several different approaches in parallel and also to go back to much earlier work by ECOTEC, which looked at the overall future growth of uphill Lincoln and its potential to operate as a world class heritage visitor destination. However regular ‘reality checking’ of our estimates against actual visitor numbers during the contract period led us to increase our early visitor projections, taking the predicted Cathedral paying visitor figure to over 146,000 pa. once the project is completed. Visitor activity at this level is expected to generate over £600,000 in additional ticket sales and contribute to a predicted net profit of approximately £860,000 from trading activity.
Globe will be part of the project team meeting the HLF panel when they visit Lincoln in November. Russell will be on hand to answer any questions with the support of John Chappelle of Insight Accounting, who have assisted Globe in the preparation of the Business Plan.
We wish the Cathedral every success with the HLF application which is not only an important development for the Cathedral but is also an essential part of fulfilling the long-held objective of fully realising Lincoln’s potential as a ‘world class heritage destination’.
You can hear more about the Connected Project from the Project Co-ordinator Dr Anne Irving via the following link;
Congratulations to our Planning Consultant, Camilla Duckworth, who has successfully completed her Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and is now a Chartered Town Planner, the ultimate qualification for the profession awarded by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
Camilla joined Globe as an intern in 2013, during her Masters year. After graduating with a 1st Class Masters degree from Sheffield Hallam, Camilla joined the team as a full-time Planning Consultant, and Licentiate member of the RTPI. Since then, she has spent two years of hard work on the submission of her APC, and we are delighted that the RTPI shares our opinion of Camilla as a talented young planner.
Camilla said: ‘I am delighted that after all the effort and long hours I have spent on my APC submission, I am now a Chartered Planning Consultant. Globe, and in particular my mentor Lizzy, have been so supportive in helping me get to the submission stage. I will now look forward to furthering my planning experience and knowledge as a chartered member of the RTPI.’
Globe’s MD Phil Scrafton said: ‘We are very pleased to see that Camilla has been awarded Membership status. It is well deserved and testament to all of her hard work and, whilst this makes no difference to the reliably high quality service she delivers to her clients and colleagues, the MRTPI status helps to reassure potential clients of her proven capabilities.’
Globe’s appeal against Newark and Sherwood District Council for Unity Holdings has been allowed by the Planning Inspectorate.
The application to convert the former Piano School on Mount lane in Newark on Trent to provide 14 rooms, 5 self-contained studios and 4 apartments within the Newark Conservation Area had been rejected earlier in the year by Newark and Sherwood’s Planning Committee.
Having reviewed case prepared by Globe and considered the planning balance, Inspector Caroline Mulloy concluded that the proposal would make a modest contribution to housing supply in a sustainable town centre location and help to ensure that a non-designated asset is retained in a viable use. She considered that “these benefits would significantly outweigh any very limited harm arising from the proposal.”
Unity Holdings are now looking to progress the conversion as a further addition to their portfolio of high quality developments.
Globe are currently raising a glass to celebrate a recent appeal success which will allow the former Red Lion public house to be redeveloped to provide much needed new housing in the Lincolnshire village of Sturton by Stow. The Planning Inspectorate allowed an appeal on 8th June 2016 following a hearing where Globe acted as expert witnesses on behalf of the owner of the site. Globe successfully argued that the sensitive redevelopment scheme proposed would be in accordance with the West Lindsey Local Plan which permits the redevelopment of pub sites where there is an alternative facility in the village and the business itself is proving to be unviable. Globe also presented a convincing case which allowed the Inspector to conclude that there remains a chronic shortage of housing land in Central Lincolnshire and that sites proposing new housing should be considered positively. Much to the delight of the client, Globe presented a case to the Inspector to evidence that a recent High Court decision was a material consideration leading to the Inspector concluding that an affordable housing financial contribution sought by the Council was no longer compliant with policy.
In April Globe was commissioned by the Executive Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange at Bishop Grosseteste University to undertake a detailed study and implementation plan for a Collaborative Partnership Office. Working closely with colleagues from SkillsReach and Culture Partners, I led a study process that had to be both independent and reflective of existing requirements and practices.
Partnerships and student placements are an important part of BGU’s existing activity but to achieve the University’s ambitions for future growth a cross-university model was required to develop a wider and more sustainable approach to placements and essentially to increase and diversify collaborative partnership activity.
Delivered within an eight week window, the Study was informed by around 20 interviews with senior academic and management staff and developed a functional model of the requirements of BGU, in relation to its customers and clients. The final recommendations from the Study, which represented a departure from both existing and previously proposed structures, aim to provide BGU with a highly focused customer service function working directly alongside a proactive facilitation of collaborative partnerships.
Both the recommendations and the underpinning logic model within the Study were thoroughly tested when I made the final presentation to the Vice Chancellor and his senior leadership team. The result was the Study report being accepted in full.
Presenting to senior academic staff is always slightly nerveracking because so much of their time is spent assessing the logic and accuracy of both their own work as well as that of others, so I was very pleased that the work we had undertaken not only stood up to being tested but was welcomed by the University’s leaders. I’m looking forward to further collaborations with SkillsReach and Culture Partners as it proved to be a really effective team, and hope to have some involvement in the implementation process as BGU progress the Study’s recommendations.
AoU chose the London Docklands for its 10th Anniversary event which resulted in an even more international flavour than normal. Since being invited to become an Academician in 2010 I’ve been able to get to four annual Congress events and they’ve all been excellent – by far the most interesting and demanding conferences I’ve attended in my career. Despite that, there is always a point normally in the preceding week, when I’ve no idea why I decided to give up two working days and half a weekend when we are so busy. This Congress was no exception, but I’m really glad I didn’t change my mind about attending. Based in the Siemens ‘Crystal’ at Royal Victoria Docks and the ‘Curzon’ in Brunswick Place the programme was packed with excellent national, european and international speakers. I had the opportunity to renew the many friendships and professional connections I’ve made through the Academy. Once the Congress ended the enthusiasm continued when Ann and I joined an impromptu lunch with some of the Academy directors, staff and guest speakers. It’s not every day I get to sit next to my good friend Jas Atwal and chat with Prof Wulf Daseking former Director of City Planning at Freiburg and Christer Larsson City Planning Director of Malmo, and others about the EU referendum, climate change and the best way to fit twenty people under a restaurant canopy in the pouring rain.
This week the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government won the appeal it lodged to the High Court over a ruling that a planning policy issued in relation to affordable housing and small-scale sites was unlawful. The policy was initially announced in a written ministerial statement made in Parliament on 28 November 2014 and related to housing developments of 10 units (or 1000 sq m) or less which would be excluded from affordable housing levies and tariff based contributions. A lower threshold was to be applied in designated rural areas, National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Mr Justice Holgate upheld a challenge to the written ministerial statement brought by West Berkshire and Reading Councils on the basis that it was inconsistent with the statutory planning regime, the Secretary of State had failed to take into account necessary material considerations and that there had been inadequate consultation over the proposed changes. However, the Court of Appeal (in a joint ruling from Lord Justice Laws and Lord Justice Treacy, with the Master of the Rolls agreeing) has concluded that all grounds of appeal should succeed. In a statement the two local authorities who had challenged the Secretary of State said that they were disappointed by the result and were considering their options as a matter of priority with regard to appeal.
This judgement may open the door again for those wishing to develop smaller sites but have simply no way of delivering viable development with such challenging locally adopted planning policy expectations for affordable housing which, locally, can exceed a third of the total number of dwellings being developed. Such expectations are clearly having an impact on housing delivery at the very time we face a chronic shortage. For now, we must stress that there is a possibility of a further appeal by the councils to the Supreme Court. It is also a fact that the minister’s original policy was withdrawn after the High Court order quashing it, so it is for the minister to decide whether to publish it again, and of course when to do so. A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said it would not expand on a statement on the Court of Appeal result at this stage and that any further information on the policies would be announced “in due course”. However, in reaction to the ruling, housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis said it restores “common sense”. He added: “This will now mean that builders developing sites of fewer than ten homes will no longer have to make an affordable homes contribution that should instead fall to those building much larger developments.”
For the moment, however, the policy does not exist in legal terms. We’ll keep you posted!
Globe has secured planning permission on appeal for the growth of leading fashion brand Lola Rose’s Headquarters in West Hampstead, London. Permission was refused by the London Borough of Camden for extensions to the company’s head office to create more floorspace to enable the business to expand and create new jobs. However, the Planning Inspector, in considering the case, placed significant weight on the economic growth of the company, which is located within a designated Growth Area. Read more →
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