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 →
Joe Cooke from Cooke and Connell fundraisers and the Lincoln Tank Memorial Committee has presented Globe with a limited edition print of Stewart Pearson’s Lincoln Cathedral from the Brayford Pool at Night. This is in recognition of the company’s significant and ongoing support for the Tank Memorial project. Obviously it has been absolute pleasure to help and work with such selfless people, totally committed to Lincoln, its economy and its community.
Globe’s 10th Anniversary Celebration brought over 100 people to the Ritz Cinema in Lincoln to mark our first decade.
A mix of clients, professional colleagues, family and friends joined the team for an evening which kicked of with local band Square Bears and drinks from the only bar I’ve ever seen with an autographed Tardis in the corner.
Our aim was to have a fun evening and offer our guests an informal and unusual event with a positive community flavour. The volunteer restored and run Art Deco Ritz Cinema was an ideal venue and as we progressed through sweets, popcorn, hotdogs, nachos, ice creams and a screening of the Da Vinci Code (which was released in the year we started and was partly filmed in Lincoln Cathedral) we knew we’d pitched it about right. From the comments on the night and since, so did our guests. We said our thank-yous at the Ritz but it’s worth repeating our thanks to all our guests for such a memorable evening, to Pete and his team at the Ritz and to our staff and in particular our business manager Lizzy who pulled the event together. Read more →
Globe has helped long established local family firm R. W Stokes and Sons gain planning permission and Listed Building Consent to transform this important landmark building in historic Lincoln into a thriving mixed use environment. The Lawn premises will accommodate the company’s coffee roasting and sales business alongside a café, viewing area with interpretation displays of the former asylum’s history alongside that of Stokes, offices and a restaurant. The proposal also rationalises car parking for the benefit of all users, a crucial component of a successful visitor economy. The solution is a carefully considered one which requires minimal alteration and impact on the historic fabric of these sensitive buildings.
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