Thursday 13th of February saw another successful planning application from Globe Consultants. The application to increase the capacity of Lincoln City’s home ground, The LNER Stadium (formerly Sincil Bank Stadium) was granted permission following planning advice from Globe Consultants.
Lincoln City Football Club has been a feature of the city since its inception in 1884, moving to their current location at Sincil Bank in 1985. The proposal looks to complement the football club’s recent success on the pitch by extending the existing Stacey West stand to provide an additional 1500 seats for their home games. The extension will enable the club to better accommodate both its growing home support as well provide the ability to accommodate greater numbers of away supporters as a result of the step up to League One football. The stadium extension will also look to offer fans a more complete experience by providing the Stacey West stand with new facilities, including concession stands and toilets, within a concourse below the extension. As an important part of the community of Lincoln, and more widely within Lincolnshire, the football club was also looking to use this application to give back to the community and as such have planned to create classroom and meeting room space within the extension for use by both Lincoln City associated community groups and the wider community. While currently only used on matchdays this extension will allow the stand to become a multifunctional space for use throughout the week.
Globe Consultants were able to lead the club in submitting their application, as well providing both a supporting planning statement and a transport plan for the proposal. Key considerations included references to local and national policy, impact of increased capacity of travel arrangements to and from the football stadium and flood risk and drainage associated with the nearby Sincil Dike. The proposal was also able to tie in the installation of new perimeter fencing around the nearby 3G AGP, to improve the site.
With several big football fans in the office, Globe was delighted to work in support of the club, and wish Lincoln City continued success into the future. UTI
The Planning Inspectorate has allowed an appeal submitted by Globe Consultants against the decision of the Council of the London Borough of Brent to refuse to grant a certificate of lawful use or development (LDC). The appeal decision brings to an end a rather lengthy saga following the submission of the appeal back in November 2018. However, despite this almost unprecedented delay in the appeal process, Inspector Cook found the case to be clear cut and was more than satisfied that the evidence submitted by Globe Consultants satisfied the burden of proof in this instance.
Moreover, in acknowledging the lawfulness of the 4 no. self-contained flats which were the subject of the appeal, Inspector Cook was particularly critical of the position taken by the Council of the London Borough of Brent and some of the assertions made by its officers. In concluding matters, Inspector Cook was clear that the Council had “no evidence of its own” and its earlier refusal to grant an LDC in respect of 4 self-contained flats was “not well-founded”.
Globe Consultant’s Director, James Rigby, who coordinated the evidence and made the appeal on behalf of our client remarked: “I’m pleased that Inspector Cook was of the opinion that appeal should succeed and the burden of proof was quite clearly satisfied. This particular case really does, regrettably, highlight some of the problems which plague town halls up and down the country. Throughout the process the Council were obstructive and, in the end, their case, farcically, relied upon drawing the Inspector’s attention to what was clearly a typo in a letter issued by Thames Water and a misspelling of the property owner’s name”.
Globe Consultants have considerable experience in advising what constitutes lawful development and how the burden of proof can be satisfied. If you have any questions on lawfulness then please feel free to contact a member of the team who will be than happy to help.
It has been another successful week at Globe, with planning permission being granted for a residential development within the village of Middle Rasen and an appeal allowed for the conversion of an inner-city Nottingham single home to two separate dwellings.
In Middle Rasen, Globe worked on behalf of a local developer and successfully demonstrated that the application site was clearly located within the established village boundary and as such represented an appropriate location for development in the eyes of the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan. Despite this, there was a level of local concern raised regarding the susceptibility of the site to flooding, and so Globe was able to ensure that the development had been located and designed in such a way so as to improve the surface water drainage conditions on the site. In addition to this, Globe held extensive discussions with West Lindsey District Council in order to reiterate that the development would not negatively impact the existing ecological conditions on the site, with the Council granting full planning permission for the erection of seven dwellings upon receipt of this information.
Over in Nottingham, Globe had been asked to review an unsuccessful application (reference: 19/002244/PFUL3) which had been made to Nottingham City Council seeking to change the use of a single four-bedroom home to that of two separate dwellings. Originally refused by the Council on the basis that the proposals represented that loss of a ‘family sized home’, Globe became involved at the appeal stage and successfully demonstrated to the Planning Inspector that the scheme would still provide a three-bedroom ‘family’ home as one of the dwellings. This interpretation of a family home was consistent with Local Plan policy, and, given the property is not afforded with a great deal of outdoor amenity space, Globe considered that restricting the use of the property to a single-family dwelling would not represent its most efficient use. The Inspector agreed with this view and allowed the property’s conversion to two separate dwellings (one two-bed and one three-bed) on the basis that this would retain the family sized accommodation whilst also adding a further dwelling to the city’s housing stock.
Though these two cases involved different residential schemes in different areas of the country, we think these outcomes show the key role we play for our clients by applying our specialist skills and experience to manage the planning process, negotiating and tailoring the information provided to councils and the Planning Inspectorate to maximise the chances of a successful outcome.
Those visiting the Tithe Barn may have noticed my hair has been particularly long recently, but the time has finally come to have 12 inches cut off to donate (along with my sponsorship money) to The Little Princess Trust for them to make into a wig!
This fabulous charity provides real hair wigs to children and young people with hair loss due to cancer and other conditions, supplying over 100 wigs free of charge a month.
The charity also funds research projects into many types of cancer (including neuroblastoma, leukaemia, teenage and young adult brain tumours, Wilms’ and rhabdomyosarcoma) and a variety of less toxic treatments (including Immunotherapy, Proton Beam Therapy and Drug Repurposing). You can read more about the charity at https://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/
We’re pleased to introduce you to the newest member of the Globe team, Joe Hall.
Joe joined us at the beginning of October as a Graduate Planning Consultant, having completed a Masters Degree in Urban Planning at Sheffield Hallam University.
After spells of work experience with us while studying for a first degree in Geography, when Joe approached us to say that the experience had led him to pursue a career as a chartered planner, it was an easy decision to welcome him to the office as a full time member of staff as we continue in our objectives to grow the business while supporting and developing new, young, and local professionals in our field.
Joe will be working alongside the senior team developing experience of a wide range of planning projects, and having previously drawn on his data and research skills to work with the team in making economic development arguments to support planning applications and funding bids, Joe hopes to develop a specialism in the economic aspects of planning.
This week is European Mobility Week (16-22 September) with the focus on ‘safe walking and cycling’ and the ways active mobility can benefit our health, environment and bank balances.
The Globe team agree that walking is an excellent way to travel as it is cheap – a pair of trainers or comfy shoes and you are ready to go – and one of the best forms of exercise with both physical and mental benefits.
We accepted the challenge to be more active, put on our most comfortable shoes, and have been walking to our meetings and site visits when we can. Phil has even hand-delivered information leaflets yesterday and managed 13,000 steps so is definitely winning the competition so far for the most steps in a day!
Today I had the pleasure of attending the opening of Lincoln College’s Construction College and ECOnstruction Centre of Excellence by the Chairman of Lincolnshire County Council, Cllr Tony Bridges, and Gusto Group’s Steff Wright. As you may know the Construction College at the Gainsborough campus was the UK’s first Construction Career College opening in 2016, and Lincoln College is continuing to innovate with the opening of the new employer-led centre of excellence.
The event was well attended by representatives of the local construction industry and offered the fascinating opportunity to enter the college’s Monks Road campus and have a look around. I have not previously been onto the campus and it is truly impressive, more like a village then a further education institute!
The speakers at the event were very engaging and it is clear the college is keen to get local businesses involved and encourage them to help the college to design and deliver training to meet the industry’s needs. Globe take their responsibility seriously as ambassadors for the planning profession and look forward to offering our assistance in the future.
This week we received confirmation that Globe’s application to sign the Lincoln Social Responsibly Charter had been accepted.
Social responsibility is one of those elements of business that seems almost designed to be difficult, particularly for a small company. I think there are elements at we all ‘get’ about adding social value and trying to be more socially responsible, like a café changing out their plastic spoons for wooden ones, or a construction company installing extra recycling stations as part of a building project. However, understanding and quantifying social value for some small organisations can be more difficult, especially if like Globe you’re not in the business of selling physical products.
When I first started learning about social responsibility, one thing that struck me was how much we, and I’m sure many other companies, already build socially responsible actions into much we do as employers; from enhanced terms for holiday and maternity pay for our staff, to giving everyone their birthday off work (while some of my colleagues might see a day getting stuck into some planning law as quite the treat, it’s possible they could want to spend the day with their family instead!). A lot of the things we do as a company that we think of as good for the business, such as flexitime and working from home arrangements, are actually led by creating a better work-life balance for staff, which is an important way of being socially responsible.
Then there are the things we do to support development, from funding our graduates through their postgraduate degrees to organising study trips where the whole office takes a day out the office to bond, eat, and hopefully learn a few things along the way. We do them because we think that’s the best way to build an engaged, skilled and committed workforce, but you guessed it, it’s social responsibility again.
Of course, impact on the environment and wider community are also important areas for adding social value, and as a small business we like to spend our time and resources making an impact locally, so are representatives or ambassadors for several local organisations supporting the community and sharing our skills, alongside financially contributing to a number of local sports people and events. While we have a Corporate Social Responsibly Policy that we actively review, as signing up to the charter requires you to log each activity separately, it was an interesting exercise to actually sit down and list what we do individually. The charter also asks you to set out your plans for the future. While we have a power management strategy and try to reduce single use plastic use, there’s always more we can do and it was good to bring those ideas to the forefront of my mind and make some firmer plans.
I’d encourage Lincoln businesses to take a look at the Lincoln Social Responsibility Charter at: https://www.lincoln.gov.uk/business/lincoln-social-responsibility-charter/
Please note that the views expressed here should not be taken as professional advice nor should they be relied upon in relation to any specific case or matter or in substitution for formal and case-specific advice. No liability or responsibility is accepted for any reliance placed or steps taken as a result of reliance upon any view(s) expressed in these blogs.
Moreover although best efforts will be taken at the time of posting any entry on this blog, by its very nature the information contained or discussed within this blog may not be accurate, complete or in-date by the time it is read. No liability or responsibility is accepted for any reliance placed or steps taken (or not taken) as a result of reliance upon information contained or discussed within or omitted from this blog.
If you require advice on a specific matter please do get in touch.