Church Street, Nettleham
To coordinate and lead proposals for the sensitive redevelopment of a semi-derelict former petrol filling station located in the centre of the village of Nettleham, 2 miles north of Lincoln, and adjacent to a variety of heritage assets, including the Grade I Listed Parish Church. The ultimate goal was achieve a detailed planning permission and conservation area consent so that our client, whose family had owned the site since it was built in the 1950’s, could place the site on the market with a viable regeneration scheme having been approved by the local planning authority.
Globe’s role was to work closely with the architect in order to ensure that the development proposals responded to the historic setting within the heart of the village, arriving at a scheme which continued the rhythm and form of the streetscene without competing with the adjacent listed buildings. This required a detailed appraisal and understanding of the character of the Conservation Area and what makes this part of Nettleham special. Detailed discussions were held with the Conservation Officer to challenge and revise the initial design conclusions to arrive at a contemporary interpretation of the historic street scene. The design of the scheme was also informed by close liaison with the Parish Council, led by Globe, from the outset and an appreciation of the desire to provide a form of housing which met an identified local need – small townhouse properties ideal for elderly residents looking to downsize and stay in the village they consider to be ‘home’. The role Globe played was recognised and welcomed by the Parish Council who stated that open and transparent nature of the dialogue between all parties should act as an exemplar for other agents and developers to follow.
Key to the success of this application was the case made by Globe to demonstrate ‘exceptional circumstances’ to overcome the local planning authority’s in-principle resistance to new residential development on the back of the authority comfortably exceeding its five year housing supply figure. This was acknowledged by the planning officer who accepted the regeneration case made by Globe was of sufficient strength to outweigh the local planning authority’s initial concerns about the potential harm to the Council’s managed supply of housing land.
The application was considered by West Lindsey District Council’s planning committee who supported the officer’s recommendation to grant planning permission by unanimously voting in favour of the proposed development. The applicant was able to market the site without delay with strong interest shown by potential purchasers in delivering a scheme which met an identified demand in the local housing market.