The ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour landed on Lincoln Cathedral’s sun kissed east lawn earlier today – a mere six hit from Globe’s office. Cricket fans James and Oliver took the opportunity to take in the festival atmosphere and get a close look at the trophy. Let’s hope England captain Joe Root gets this close to the trophy when the final is held at the Lords, the Home of Cricket, on 14 July.
Ok, the dust has settled and, given a rare opportunity to think back, I thought I’d put my most recent MIPIM experience into words.
Like so many people attending the 2019 event I share the remarks that it seemed to come around so quickly this year. However much I intended to carefully prepare I was still almost caught out – not exactly as a surprise but having seemed an age away, it quietly creeps up and, before you know it, you are on a plane to Nice!
We decided to do the usual thing where my wife Jane and I both travel to the Cote d’Azur, book an apartment for a week and take advantage of the chance of some down-time in a beautiful part of the world as well as the cheaper flights and accommodation offered by travelling Saturday to Saturday. This was our first stay in Cannes La Bocca, so slightly away from the madness but close enough to enjoy a seafront walk into and out of town. Cannes La Bocca itself will be far nicer next year when the mayhem associated with the street works are completed. I have no doubt that the result will be superb going by the recent works in Cannes itself and happy to aim for that locality again in the future.
Once the lazy down-time had passed it was on to the usual long days and evenings in Cannes, meeting lots of new people, opening up opportunities for new collaborations and also, of course, catching up with old acquaintances too. Some of these I rarely see outside of Cannes and others, oddly, are very local colleagues. Explaining how this all works so well to people who’ve never been to MIPIM is difficult but I can assure you that it does. It is simply a combination of everyone being in a relatively small town at the same time and away from office distractions and the detail of specific projects for a few days. Active and promising discussions about a major hotel development alongside logistics and a number of other opportunities bode well for a productive outcome.
There are always memorable events. For me the Lincolnshire brunch on Wednesday morning is reliably successful and enjoyable, and this year was no exception. This, immediately followed by Gleeds Global’s lunch on the beach, led to a very enjoyable day with the opportunity grasped to discuss a major project in Nottingham with key people, an introduction to the Gleeds Chairman, and some good food, wine and sunshine to boot.
Personally, I didn’t find that Brexit was the dominant issue that I hear people reporting. My experience is that people remain confident, optimistic and simply keen to get on with things. I suppose it will be different in a multitude of sectors and dependent on the business people are in. Our message is simply that we have great investment opportunities in the Midlands and, from what I see, the appetite and desire from the property and construction sector remains very strong.
All in all, a good week – only disrupted slightly by me locking the two of us on our first-floor balcony on the Friday night until the locksmith ‘broke in’ to free us! – but that’s a different story and one for another time. 😉
A recent appeal decision (Appeal Decision APP/R2520/W/18/3214922) made by Inspector Rachael Bartlett has provided much needed clarification in terms of the weight which should be afforded to the Nationally Described Space Standard in Central Lincolnshire. Globe submitted an appeal challenging assertions made by North Kesteven District Council that a former residential outbuilding that is currently used as a hair dressing salon was unstable for conversion to a residential dwelling. The Council’s main reason for centred on the amount of internal accommodation provided and the fact that proposed dwelling fell (marginally) below the Nationally Described Space Standard (NDSS).
In appealing the decision, Globe successfully argued that the NSDSS should not be given significant weight due to the fact that it is not referred to in the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan (CLLP) which forms part of the statutory development plan for North Kesteven District. It was also put to the Inspector that the level of accommodation proposed was not in any way unusual and exceed many examples of conversions into small residential units in the Lincoln urban area that have gained approval and offer valuable independent homes for single people.
In a carefully considered decision, Inspector Bartlett agreed that the quality of living space to be provided would be acceptable and, therefore, the shortfall in meeting the minimum space standards, which are not adopted in the CLLP, would not be a sufficient reason to dismiss the appeal.
Globe is pleased to report that it recently secured planning permission at the City of Lincoln Council’s Planning Committee for an application that will help to further enhance the City’s student accommodation stock. Members of the Committee met on the evening of the 27th of March and voted comprehensively in favour of Globe’s proposal to change the use of Newport Guest House to student accommodation.
The property at 26-28 Newport has been in use as a Guest House for the past 24 years. However, the owner has experienced a drop in occupancy rates in recent times and so felt that the excellent location of the property within Lincoln’s historic Bailgate area in close proximity to Bishop Grosseteste University, as well as being an easy walk to the centre of the city, presented an excellent opportunity to contribute towards Lincoln’s need for student accommodation and support its growing reputation as a University City. This consideration was well received by the Council’s Planning Committee and the application was approved without much need for debate.
This was our newest recruit Oliver’s first taste of Planning Committee, which also involved the assessment of a number of high-profile applications within the City, most notably the approval of the University of Lincoln’s new Medical School. We’re delighted he was able to witness the outcome of a successful Globe application, no doubt the first of many in which he will play a key role.
Globe Consultants have celebrated a successful evening at the Lincoln Good Design Awards (2019) held in The Blue Room, part of the exceptionally well renovated Lawn complex. Last night saw the second edition of the Lincoln Good Design Awards following its successful inception in 2017. The City of Lincoln Council planning team originally drew up a long list of successful proposals before this was narrowed down to the finalists from three categories – Residential Award; Commercial Award; and, Heritage Award. The winners in each category were determined by vote which was open to members of the public.
Globe were delighted that the Cygnet Wharf development was announced as the runner-up in the Residential Award Category. Globe worked alongside Nottingham based architectural practice Church Lukas Limited on behalf the University of Lincoln in formulating proposals for Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) on this key brownfield site on the banks of Lincoln’s historic Brayford Pool. Cygnet Wharf provides three separate buildings which are individually designed to provide their own character but bound together by complementary materials and a consistent architectural expression. The scheme accommodates 442 en-suite bedrooms arranged in 44 ‘cluster flats’ of, typically, between 10 and 12 bedrooms.
Globe and the wider design team worked closely with the City of Lincoln Council’s planning officers as the original design concepts were challenged and evolved accordingly. One element of the scheme which has been particularly successful is the diverted Public Right of Way – which now follows the waterside edge – and the high quality public realm which helps define this well-walked route.
Alongside Cygnet Wharf, Globe also provided Chartered Town Planning services in support of the City’s flagship new Transport Hub which was nominated as a finalist in the Commercial Award category. The shortlisting panel were particularly impressed with the use of quality materials and the way the multi-storey car park has been successfully knitted into the surrounding townscape.
James Rigby, Director at Globe Consultants, commented: “The Lincoln Design Awards is a fantastic concept which helps celebrate the changing face of Lincoln. It really is striking to see the way the City has changed for the better over the two short years since the last awards and the way contemporary and high quality architecture has been embraced in Lincoln. All the nominated schemes are impressive in their own right and the quality which has been delivered really does highlight the value of the positive mindset and drive to facilitate change which is so evident in discussions with the City Council’s excellent planning team.
I was delighted to attend the awards ceremony and celebrate the fact that Cygnet Wharf has been so well received, particularly given the fact that the public voted in such high numbers for the development which really has transformed this important waterside site”.
The Central Lincolnshire Local Plan (CLLP) was adopted by the Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee as recently as April 2017 and replaced the Local Plans of the City of Lincoln, West Lindsey and North Kesteven District Councils. The CLLP contains allocations for the growth and regeneration of Central Lincolnshire to cover the Plan Period up to 2036. Nevertheless, since the adoption of the CLLP, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was updated in July 2018 and there has been a major update to the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG). In response to the changes to national policy, the Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee (JSPC) have approved a proposed review of the CLLP along with a revised Local Development Scheme (LDS) which sets out the timetable for the CLLP review.
Inevitably such a process is not instant and there is a requirement for a considerable amount of evidence gathering to be carried out behind the scenes before the plan review process really begins to accelerate. However, there are opportunities for public engagement in this process and, for landowners, the real potential is in engaging in any formal ‘call for sites process’ or a more evidence led ‘HELAA’ (Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment) Review. The JSPC has recently began a consultation inviting landowners to submit sites for inclusion within the HELAA.
It is important to state that the HELAA is an evidence base document and the Joint Strategic Planning Committee (JSPC) have been very visible in offering a ‘disclaimer’ that “identifying sites and buildings in the assessment does not guarantee their inclusion in the Local Plan or that planning permission will be granted”. Nevertheless, for a site to be considered for a potential allocation it is essential that the JSPC are provided with evidence to demonstrate that a site is a both deliverable and developable. The HELAA process is an important first step in terms of providing an initial high-level assessment of whether a site is deliverable and developable but also, and crucially, it ensures that the site and the landowner’s intentions are known to the JSPC.
The current HELAA engagement period runs until 28 February 2019. If you have any sites which you wish to promote as a potential housing or employment land allocation then please contact us and we can provide further information in relation to the process now underway and we can put forward the best possible case on your behalf.
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”.
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