Residential Development at Churchill Avenue, Skegness
To seek full planning permission for a landholding at an urban extension known as ‘Beacon Park’ which would ultimately deliver some 450-500 new homes with a new school, open space and local shopping facilities. Such a development would almost always take an approach which seeks outline planning permission followed by details on separate phases in due course but our brief was clear and, in this case, it was to gain full planning permission from the outset.
Our role was to prepare and submit a planning application for a substantial part of a planned strategic development which would deliver an urban extension to the town of Skegness. The desire to deliver a significant amount of new housing within an integrated sustainable environment was initially established in aspirations set by the Council following work with the local community via the publication of a Concept Statement. This formed the starting point for the evolution of the proposals and the ongoing input of the wider community was crucial in delivering a sustainable new quarter for the town.
The whole development follows the principles of a strong townscape made up of streets which are fronted by houses and strategic areas of open space. This provides a strong perimeter block form that is well established as the most successful form of development where active street frontages are contrasted by private and secure gardens. This was a challenging process constrained by the highway requirements to severely limit direct vehicular access to Churchill Drive – requiring a great deal of thought and innovation to deliver vehicular access to car parking without resulting in a poor, car dominated and incoherent form within the development blocks.
The planning permission achieved will help deliver a clear form where private realm and public realm are properly understood by all and the place is supported by a successful layout of interconnected routes which define the blocks of housing, open spaces and other uses. The town will benefit from an attractive, safe and integrated neighbourhood and the client, due to prudent insistence, now has a detailed planning permission to build out over a period of time. This allows the business to plan its house building rates going forwards without the concerns associated with ever-changing flood risk policy and potentially negative impacts on achieving planning permission.