Mixed-Use Development, Red Lion Street, Boston
The site was being used as a temporary surface car park operated by NCP and our role was to secure planning permission for its redevelopment to deliver a retail led mixed use development including apartments on upper floors. The site is connected to the main shopping street of Wide Bargate through a narrow, poorly configured and maintained passageway adjacent to a key listed building. The site is situated in proximity to the Grade II* Centenary Methodist Church and with Central Park to the north and retail/commercial properties to the east and south.
It was important the development visually maintained and enhanced views to the Centenary Methodist Church, established new linkages to the Church and connections to Central Park via a new and attractive pedestrian environment. The proposal was for a high quality contemporary new development which responds to and complements the established townscape character in this part of the Conservation Area, respects the setting and character of nearby historic buildings.
Globe undertook significant community consultation and engagement through ongoing discussions with interested parties and statutory consultees regarding matters such as economic development, car parking, servicing and heritage impact alongside a series of meetings and discussions which helped to inform revisions and refinements to the proposals.
Globe submitted a listed building application and planning application along with a Supporting Planning Statement and presented this important opportunity at the Council’s planning committee having previously presented to all Council members during an earlier event.
The application was for a mixed-use development comprising of retail, café/restaurant and residential, and involved the demolition of no.36 Strait Bargate / no.2 Wide Bargate in order to create a new pedestrian (and delivery/service vehicle) link connecting Wide Bargate to Red Lion Street.
Listed building consent was granted, with conditions, for a single storey extension and refurbishment of Grade II listed 4 Wide Bargate. Demolition and replacement of part of the boundary wall to the Methodist Church.
Planning permission was granted with conditions for the erection of 14 retail units (A1), 2 retail units (A3/A4), and 15 residential apartments, with associated car parking, along with creation of a new link connecting Wide Bargate to Red Lion Street.