Two longstanding development proposals have received their planning permissions this week. The overall investment in the Lincolnshire economy will amount to over £50 million.
Firstly, full planning permission was granted for a mixed use development on Harlaxton Road in Grantham. The application by Mill Hill Developments Limited will see a new builders’ merchants, petrol filling station with convenience store, offices, new food and drink uses and a new packing and dispatch plant for the adjacent Grantham Engineering business. The development is to be undertaken in two phases with the builders’ merchants being implemented first and taking access from Trent Road.
The second success relates to a new 220 berth marina development at Willingham Fen, Cherry Willingham. This is the second approval for this aspirational and exciting project, initially promoted through the Lincolnshire Waterways Strategy. Permission was granted in 2012 with enabling development approved to help fund the marina construction. The enabling development of a pub/hotel/restaurant alongside holiday lodges simply didn’t create the level of value necessary to make this a viable development. The application granted this week includes additional community benefits, including business units, substantial public open space and a new cycle/footbridge connecting Cherry Willingham to the off-road Sustrans cycle route alongside the river which runs directly into the city centre. This time the enabling development comprises 155 dwellings. There is formal agreement that the community benefits are delivered before housing is occupied.
We are pleased to have played an instrumental role in bringing this major investment forward.
Globe Consultants have secured an invaluable planning permission and listed building consent which will help secure the long term future of a prominent Grade II* listed building in Nottingham City Centre. 23 High Pavement – known locally as County House – forms one of the most attractive buildings in Nottingham’s nationally renowned Lace Market district. Vacant since 1992, County House is in a perilous condition having been left unoccupied and derelict for a number of years. The building has, until late, failed to attract any use or an owner willing to commit to the required levels of investment now required to bring the building into a good state of repair.
Appointed by the new owners of the building who are determined to return the building to its previous magnificent splendour, Globe formed part of a multi-disciplinary consultant team tasked to achieve planning permission and listed building consent for a commercially viable proposal, which would provide the necessary confidence to drive forward the investment required. Detailed discussions were held with planning and conservation officers at the City Council alongside key statutory consultees such as Historic England. These discussions were integral in addressing and responding to issues identified following the submission of the applications, and allowed the scheme to evolve to one which was strongly supported by the Council’s officers. The mix of users proposed was also refined during the course of the applications in order to meet the newly identified requirements of potential end users, with a mixed use scheme tabled which included a restaurant, co-working office space, and serviced apartments. Working alongside AM2 Architects and Locus Consulting, Globe were able to drive the applications forward to a successful conclusion – the Council’s Planning Committee report noted that the ongoing dialogue between the client team, led by Globe, and the Council “exemplifies collaborative working between private and public stakeholders within the city”. Members at Nottingham City Council’s Planning Committee unanimously backed the proposals on 17 October 2018.
James Rigby, Director at Globe Consultants, said “County House has had no significant maintenance since it was vacated by the County Council in the early 1990s. It is showing clear evidence of disrepair which is causing damage to the historic fabric of the building and the features of interest within it. The proposals will facilitate the sensitive adaptation of this Grade II* Listed Building, bringing it back into a viable economic use and, crucially, will help secure its long term future”.
We are pleased to introduce our newest member of staff Oliver Clawson.
Oliver joined us at the beginning of the month as a full time Graduate Planning Consultant, and alongside learning the ropes and assisting with a wide range of planning work, he will be working towards a Masters Degree in Urban Planning at Sheffield Hallam University.
Having both started their professional careers as graduates with the company, it seemed fitting that one of the first decisions made by newly appointed Directors James and Lizzy in the summer was to recruit a graduate an continue the tradition of building the company by supporting and nurturing new young professionals.
Welcome to the team Ollie!
At its meeting on 26th June the Planning Committee of Boston Borough Council voted overwhelmingly to support the proposed redevelopment of land currently used as a surface car park between Wide Bargate and the Centenary Methodist Church in central Boston. The proposal will see the development of 14 new shop units, 2 café/restaurants, 15 apartments and a newly landscaped street providing a thoroughfare from Red Lion Street to Wide Bargate as well as direct access into Central Park.
In summarising the proposal the Development Manager explained that the principles of this scheme had been incorporated into the Council’s planning policy for many years. She explained that the proposed development has the potential to substantially improve the retail offer of the town, and to improve its competitive position in relation to other local and regional centres as well as providing residential accommodation within the town centre further increasing the viability and vitality of the town centre. She concluded that the proposals represent a substantial improvement on the scheme approved in 2006 and that the design of the proposed development will have a positive impact on the character and appearance of the town centre, Conservation Area and listed buildings, as well as strengthening its retail offer.
In a few days’ time I step away from the company that I helped form in 2006 and move into ‘semi-retirement’ as a freelance consultant.
I’ve packed a lot into the last 12 years, I’ve worked with some great people, made some lifelong friends, and I’m very proud of Globe. So why go now?
Basically, because I want to. There are lots of other things I want to do and I’ve still got the energy and enthusiasm to pursue other interests. By making some definite plans for this occasion well in advance, we have been able to work out a succession plan that has brought younger talent through to be directors and shareholders in the business. It’s going to be quite different not working with the team and our clients everyday but it’s likely I’ll pop up every now and again in a consultancy role to help support projects particularly around the business planning, grant aid and the economic development aspects of planning.
I suspect one of the strangest things for me will be working as a sole trader, something I haven’t done since the early 80s when I was freelance product designer. Positive change is good though, and I’m looking forward to it.
I’ve got every confidence in the new directors, Lizzy and James, and congratulate them on their much deserved promotions. I’ve known Lizzy since she joined the business as an undergraduate through the Shell Step Scheme and within a few years was running the operational management of several UK wide research and data validation projects for me. Since then she has become a Member of the Institute of Economic Development (MIED) and developed as a highly focused and effective business manager, a role now to be encompassed within her new responsibilities as Business and Finance Director. James was a key member of the Lichfield LLP team that merged with Globe in 2010. In the time I’ve known him he has become a Dad, a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI) and more importantly for the business, a commercially aware and highly effective planning consultant, who has increasingly taken the lead role with clients over the last five years. I am confident that with Phil continuing as MD these two can steer Globe through the next 12 years with even greater success.
I’ll be watching with interest from the side lines.
As a closing note I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has supported me and the business along the way, and a huge thank you to Phil who agreed, several years back, to take on the role of MD and has led from the front ever since, and is a great friend and colleague.
Further plans for significant investment in Lincoln City Centre are set to come to fruition after members of City of Lincoln Council’s Planning Committee unanimously approved two applications submitted by Globe Consultants. The schemes will transform two brownfield and underutilised sites in the heart of the City by delivering Purpose Built Student Accommodation. In partnership with STEM architects and on behalf of Lincoln based developer Jackson & Jackson Developments Limited, Globe worked closely with the City Council’s planning department through an iterative design process to successfully table proposals which were universally backed by members. Both schemes will form part of the University of Lincoln’s offer to undergraduate students and help meet some of the demand generated by the University’s ambitious expansion plans which will see the Brayford Campus population increase by over 3,300 students in the 7 years between 2017/18 and 2024/25.
The first scheme considered related to phase 2 of Jackson and Jackson’s ongoing investment in the Newland area of the City. Approval was granted for the erection of two buildings to provide an addition 93 student bed spaces. The scheme includes a contemporary replacement of the former Taste of Marrakesh restaurant which, unfortunately, has degenerated into a local eyesore. An extension to the former red-brick office building on the corner of Newland and the Avenue is also proposed which takes reference from the host building whilst adopting a more modern design narrative. Planning officers were very keen to acknowledge the success of the scheme and the obvious improvements to the key Newland and Carholme Road approaches into the City Centre.
The second scheme relates to a challenging surface car park site which had been left behind somewhat by the pace of redevelopment around it and within the wider Culture Quarter. The site sits within an area of the City which is known to have significant potential in terms of Roman archaeology. The design proposals skilfully raised the building’s formation level above the known level for Roman archaeology with an innovative foundation solution proposed as a mitigation strategy to ensure preservation in-situ where practicably possible. The building itself takes reference from successful recent additions in the area including Museum Court and the Terrace. The proposes utilise buff brickwork alongside the additional of bronze effect aluminium to add interest and variation to the elevations. Members were particularly complimentary of the design proposals and were strongly of the opinion that the scheme would enhance the quality of the Conservation Area.
Members of the City of Lincoln Council’s Planning Committee unanimously backed plans for the first phase of a multi-million pound Purpose Built Student Accommodation scheme submitted by Globe Consultants. The proposed development, submitted on behalf of Jackson & Jackson Developments Limited, is the first phase of an ambitious regeneration scheme centred around two vacant office blocks and a building used as a restaurant. This important gateway site into the City Centre has been left behind somewhat by the change and redevelopment which has occurred in recent years and was seen by the Council’s planning officers as one of the final pieces in the jigsaw needed to complete the regeneration of the Newland Area. Alongside STEM Architects and the wider design team, Globe worked closely with the Council’s planning and conservation officers to formulate development proposals through a successful iterative design process. The scheme which went before members proposed the erection of a new partial subterranean building to provide four storeys of student accommodation, change of use of two former office buildings to student accommodation alongside external improvements. The first phase results in the delivery of 176 student bedspaces which, on completion, be managed direct by the University of Lincoln.
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