Five very positive planning decisions for our clients have arrived within days of each other, putting the Globe team in excellent spirits in the busy run up to Christmas.
First up was the decision to allow our appeal against the decision of West Lindsey District Council to refuse permission for a new four bedroom vicarage with an attached double garage on North Street in Middle Rasen. The application had been refused on the basis of its impact on the street scene and on the setting of the nearby Grade II* listed church. Our statement of case, however, successfully put forward the view that the ‘planning balance’ needed to take account of an existing extant permission in the same location for a five bedroom house, and the extent to which the existing vicarage, a modern building which is to be retained and renovated, screens the proposed dwelling from the church. At risk of over simplifying the Inspector’s view, he was in agreement with our key points and the permission was granted.
Hot on the heels of the appeal outcome came Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for a property at Bridge Street in Gainsborough. Although the application was led by Venezia, this was a bit of nostalgia trip for Russ, as over 20 years ago it was part of the Foundry Yard development that was done in partnership with the Riverside Regeneration Company he was managing at the time. The application site had been converted into a small family house linked to an artist’s studio and gallery space, while a group of adjoining listed wharf buildings on the bank of the River Trent were developed to form apartments and retail units. In more recent years, the application site was re-used by a community training organisation, but when the training use outgrew the space and moved elsewhere, the logical choice was to return the building back to a dwelling. Supported by a well-considered flood risk assessment, the application was granted approval, leading the way for the building to return to a small but interesting waterfront dwelling.
Next in was the approval of a new car park in Spilsby for our long standing client Robin Hood Parking. Spilsby has an isolated rural catchment of about 8,000 people with limited transport choices, so parking serves an important role. Moving from an existing temporary parking facility to a permanent permission has secured the parking facilities in the long term, and allowed landscaping and visual improvements to be made, bringing further benefits to the town.
Number four was the very long awaited decision to approve a farm diversification scheme at Pear Tree Farm, just outside the village of Beckingham in Nottinghamshire. The application sought to transform a redundant group of farm buildings at Pear Tree Farm into one of Bassetlaw’s premier tourist destinations. Globe were appointed prior to the initial concept stage and undertook considerable research in relation to visitor attractions within the region. The research particularly focused on those which were underpinned by an agricultural theme or formed part of a successful farm diversification initiative. Working closely with the client, a successful local businessman, Globe formulated a business plan which allowed the client’s initial vision to develop into a concrete masterplan for a leisure and tourism attraction comprising: a café; farm shop; children’s adventure play area; animal petting and feeding; horse stables; holiday lodge and caravan site; and, an eco-educational facility. Globe engaged with the local community to explain the vision and we were delighted to secure widespread support from local residents and the Parish Council who recognised the numerous benefits the scheme would bring to the local area. Despite initial positive feedback from the planning officers, progress with the application stalled and Globe were forced to escalate matters with direct communication to the Council’s Chief Executive and the Member of Parliament serving Bassetlaw. This intervention saw the application referred to the Council’s Planning Committee as a matter of urgency, and we were delighted that the proposals were backed unanimously by members, with a planning permission duly issued on 7th December.
The final result in this flurry of successful outcomes, was the approval of a change of use on the remaining aircraft hangar at the former RAF Kirton Lindsey air base. The building will now be put back into productive use for storage and distribution and will work alongside the other three hangars we obtained permission for earlier in the year. We are now awaiting a decision on an application for the same uses for five smaller buildings that sit within the same area of the site as the hangars.
North Lincolnshire Council’s Planning Committee voted unanimously to support a proposal for 22 new houses off Applefields in Wrawby.
Whilst the proposal provoked strong opposition from local residents as the site was beyond the settlement curtilage it was acknowledged that the Council is not able to demonstrate a 5 year housing land supply. Moreover, it recognised the need to deliver much more housing than had been achieved in recent years and that development at this site, as proposed, constituted sustainable development which would make a valuable contribution in addressing the housing shortfall. It was found that none of the impacts were sufficient to outweigh the clear benefits on offer here.
Permission is granted subject to conditions and a legal agreement to ensure the delivery of affordable housing units and contributions to leisure and open space provision.
The North Kesteven Lafford Planning Sub-Committee confirmed their clear support for the proposed development of this well located brownfield land for a commercial development at its meeting last night. Having carefully considered a thorough report explaining the officers’ assessment of the proposals they concluded that the new office, industrial and warehousing units would deliver sustainable development which would benefit the local area, the district and beyond. The development is adjacent to the Hykeham Transport Hub and, as such will bring a highly sustainable site into beneficial use. It will delivers investment in strategic highways infrastructure that will directly help relieve congestion; enhance the hugely successful Transport Hub with improved access and additional car parking spaces; deliver public access to a previously closed site, opening up new landscape and water spaces for local people and provide safe pedestrian routes to the site boundaries, allowing future linkages to Teal Park.
Longstanding client Home From Home Care have been regularly commissioning Globe to progress the planning applications for their specialist ‘Micro Communities’ since 2012. The most recent of these commissions was to secure permission for a series of extensions to existing care facilities in Lincolnshire.
Home From Home Care is a ‘parent led’ care provider for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs. At risk of greatly over simplifying Home From Home Care’s services, each location consists of different types and sizes of care homes, where small groups of compatible people can live together or on their own. The company refers to these as ‘Micro Communities’.
One of the driving principles of Home From Home Care is a commitment to continuous improvement. The latest phase of improvements has been a proposed move, in appropriate homes, from en suite bedrooms to ‘mini-apartments‘ where each resident has their own private study room adjoining their bedroom. To achieve this, the internal layout of the building needs to be altered and extensions added to ensure that the equally important communal spaces aren’t lost to private rooms. To achieve this, Globe prepared and submitted planning applications to extend ‘The Hawthorns’ in Bardney and ‘The Old Hall’ in Fiskerton, in order to provide ‘apartment style’ accommodation in both buildings.
Both applications have now been approved, so this next phase of improvements can now get underway.
West Lindsey District Council’s Planning Committee unanimously approved the ‘Reserved Matters’ scheme for the Parklands development in Sudbrooke submitted by Globe Consultants on behalf of Jackson & Jackson Developments. Following the approval of the principle of development at appeal in June 2016, further details were submitted to West Lindsey in relation to the detailed design of the 130 new dwellings, the public house, and Sudbrooke Holme as well as strategies for the extensive areas of open space and landscaping. In recommending approval, planning officers praised the design of the scheme and the positive contribution the scheme would make to the village of Sudbrooke. Members of the Planning Committee agreed with this assessment and resoundingly voted in favour of the application.
The Parklands is an aspirational housing scheme located 5 miles to the north west of the City of Lincoln in the leafy village of Sudbrooke. Globe Consultants worked closely with a team of talented landscape architects, ecologists and designers to formulate proposals for a new residential environment which will be of the highest possible quality. From the outset, Globe recognised the importance of the need to ensure that any development fully respects its context and delivers a scheme which knits together the existing village and more isolated forms of development surrounding the site. As a result, the scheme delivers a lower density solution with generous landscaping and open space throughout – consistent with the leafy parkland nature of development which helps give Sudbrooke its identifiable character. The proposed layout is very much a landscape led scheme which promotes a strong sense of place and identity. It is anticipated the construction work on the Parklands will begin in the next few months.
North Kesteven District Council granted planning permission for a new community hub building and playing field pavilion at its planning committee last night.
This was a sensitive project with a section of the local community opposed to the investment and how it had been agreed through the Parish Council and progressed. However, it was a useful reminder of the role of the planning process and the need to focus on material planning considerations only.
On those planning consideration grounds it was concluded unanimously that the proposal was high quality, appropriate and should be supported. At over £1million this is a major project for a settlement of this size and it will deliver a major community asset for this growing community.
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/
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