Case Studies

Projects & Experience

Eastleigh BC: Cranbury Gardens

EastLeigh BC

This outline proposal was submitted by Landhold Capital Ltd for the development of a 1.62hectare site at Cranbury Gardens, Burseldon for a scheme of 49 dwellings. The Site is bounded by existing development to the east and south, whilst a permitted residential development directly to the north by Taylor Wimpey, which effectively enclosed the site and made it opportune for development. After amendments to revise the density and capacity of the scheme to 45 dwellings, the outstanding issue related to the access to the site from Cranbury Gardens / Green Lane.

Despite a lack of technical highway objection, the Local Planning Authority and local Ward Councillors / Planning Committee Members advised Landhold Capital the access was an issue that could not be overcome and the proposal was to be recommended for refusal. Claremont Planning was instructed to negotiate the planning permission and resolve the access issue, avoiding conflict with the Council as the applicant had other land interests within the Borough. Through negotiations with the Planning Officer, Claremont Planning was invited to direct discussions with Local Councillors, the Chief Executive, Planning Management and Planning Chairman. Through these negotiations an alternative access strategy arose that relied upon a strategic route through the adjoining site. The Council Officers adopted this strategic access and required Taylor Wimpey to provide an un-ransomed access link to the Cranbury Gardens Site. Claremont led the discussions with Taylor Wimpey for an Access Agreement to formalise passage through their site. Securing this alternative access has been to the benefit of local residents whilst also assisting in delivering a strategic approach to development west of Bursledon. Claremont Planning also negotiated reductions of S106 contributions amounting to £3000,000 to ensure development viability was not affected. The application was amended and presented to Planning Committee with a recommendation for approval following which the Committee relayed their support to the applicant's amendments and their approach to finding a solution, rather than addressing an area of conflict through an appeal.“Delighted with Claremont's approach for this scheme, resolving the contentious issue in such a way that we did not need to appeal and we are now working closely with the Council with their full support – will definitely be using them again.” –Iain Welsh @ Landhold Capital.

Rochford DC: Hullbridge

Rochford DC

Claremont Planning was instructed by Southern & Regional Developments Ltd to lead negotiations with Rochford Planning Authority in respect of securing the outline planning permission for 500 dwellings on allocated site SER6, to the west of Hullbridge. Despite the 500 dwelling site being an adopted strategic allocation, the local highway requirements had not been fully addressed. Due to local highway capacity issues, the delivery of the site was to be significantly delayed until a new roundabout was provided, which needed to be included within the next Transport Plan and Infrastructure Commitments. This would mean that the site could not be delivered and be counted as a housing commitment or contribute to the five–year land supply.

Southern & Regional Developments instructed their consultant team to provide the roundabout solution through a land agreement and separate planning application for the roundabout. Claremont Planning was instructed to lead negotiations relating to the two submitted applications, avoiding overly prohibitive conditions, whilst gaining support from the Planning Authority for the access solution proposed. Both applications were presented to Planning Committee on 22 March 2016 with a favourable recommendation and a resolution to approve was passed. Following the committee resolution Claremont Planning succeeded in removing the requirement for a S106 agreement for the roundabout consent and successfully oversaw the Council's Habitat Regulation Assessment of the proposal. The Roundabout was granted approval on 31 October 2016 and the residential development on 18 January 2017.“Claremont Planning has been an essential component of realising a permission for this site, helping to secure the access solution and addressing the political aspects of decision making” – Paul Charney: Southern & Regional Developments Ltd

Royal Borough of Winsor and Maidenhead BC: Datchet

Royal Borough

Claremont Planning has been instructed by European Property Ventures to promote and manage their site on the edge of Datchet. Following the M4 Smart Motorway Development Consent Order Examination, confirmation was received that the site would only be affected temporarily during construction. This allowed Claremont Planning to confirm the acceptability and availability of the site for a mixed use housing led development to RBWM; alongside promotion of Datchet as a suitable location to accommodate some of the Borough's increased housing supply.

The site's promotion to the development plan has been led by a critique of the Green Belt Review methodology, as well as identifying issues with the draft spatial strategy relative to the level of housing supply that should be accommodated. An increase in the level of housing supply and for some to be afforded to Datchet was promoted, particularly in respect of economic and cross boundary provision pressures, with the settlement's suitability to accommodate growth identified. In addition the economic benefits of providing housing, local education improvements and small business premises at Datchet were conveyed to broaden the potential of the site and to make sure the Council understood the requirements of Datchet. Instrumental in the promotion of the site has been Claremont Planning's communication with the Parish Council and neighbours of the site, such as Datchet Cricket Ground and Chruchmead Secondary School. Support has been obtained from these neighbours. As a result of the representations submitted, the Datchet site has been identified as a mixed use allocation for 175 dwellings and commercial park within the RBWM Local Plan Submission.“To secure a draft allocation for this site despite it previously being discounted demonstrates the effectiveness of their representations – as well as knowing who best to influence locally to help realise the site's potential. Will be using them for the forthcoming application and to lead discussions with local stakeholders.” – Brian Smith on behalf of EPV.

Birmingham City Council: 1-3 Pershore Road South

Birmingham City

Claremont Planning were recommended to the applicant to assist in achieving planning permission for the residential redevelopment of redundant office premises at a constrained site in Cotteridge Centre. Claremont Planning produced the necessary Planning Statement, Retail Statement, Drainage Statement and Transport Technical note to accompany the application for the Mixed Use redevelopment of a vacant office building in Cotteridge Centre. Through the reports provided the introduction of residential apartments into Cotteridge Centre was demonstrated to be acceptable, without any car parking provision. Whilst the provision of commercial floor space at ground floor was acceptably limited to one retail unit.

The resulting three storey development will provide a new landmark building in Cotteridge Centre through the redevelopment of outdated office premises. The loss of potential retail/existing offices was justified, as well as the suitability of the site to accommodate residential units with no car parking provision. Claremont produced the policy justification for the scheme and liaised with officers in respect of the application of policy.“Claremont worked in close collaboration with us providing valuable planning support to our planning application for this multi-facetted urban site within the centre of Cotteridge. Working closely together, with the client and the city council, we were successful in realizing the true local and financial value of the site and successfully securing planning permission. We enjoyed working in collaboration with Claremont as they were very much a pro –active part of the team with one focus – to secure planning permission. It been delight working in collaboration with Claremont and we are already looking at involving them with other projects.”Carl Holloway : Holloway Foo Architects

Central Bedfordshire Council: Lower Stondon

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Claremont Planning assisted Bovis Homes with the second phase of a development in the Open Countryside within Central Bedfordshire. We produced the necessary accompanying Design & Access Statements for both the outline submission and subsequent full application. The statements were provided to the LPA's design requirements and to the timescale required by Bovis Homes to meet the application submission deadlines.

“Claremont Planning has provided Bovis Homes with ongoing planning advice and provides input to applications where appropriate. Including recently preparing the Design & Access Statements for a development in the countryside at Lower Stondon, ensuring the statements met the Council's design policy and enabled submission of the applications to the required timeframe.” – Jackie Edwards : Bovis Homes

Birmingham City Council : Bank House, Sutton Coldfield – Rockford Estates

Prior approval was gained for Rockford Estates relating to the conversion of an office block to residential apartments and further securing of planning permission for an additional storey to provide 14 apartments in total.

The submissions focussed upon the sustainable credentials of the site location and re-using a vacant building for delivery of much needed housing within Sutton Coldfield. Claremont Planning was required to ensure that the change of use, and extension in height through an additional storey did not impact on adjacent heritage assets and that it was considered sympathetic to the town's Conservation Area.

Land at Rocks Green, Ludlow, Shropshire

Land at Rocks

Claremont Planning have been instructed by Pickstock Homes, to deliver the strategic allocation through a hybrid planning application for a development of up to 200 homes. Katherine was involved in the previous allocation of the site through the Shropshire SAMDev Plan so Pickstock Homes chose to retain Claremont Planning's service to deliver a consent for the site.Claremont Planning have managed the consultancy team to ensure the necessary assessments such as archaeology, ecology and transport are produced correctly to inform and justify the layout proposed.

Claremont Planning carried out pre–application discussions with Council Officers to agree the hybrid approach and design strategy for the development. At the Pre–application a masterplan was agreed including a green eastern buffer, alongside incorporation of the PROW to present a landscaped edge to minimise any impact the urban extension would have into the surrounding landscape. Appropriate consultation was also carried out by Claremont Planning, detailed notification was sent to neighbouring residents of the site and meetings were held with both Ludford Parish Council and Ludlow Town Council. The hybrid application was submitted in October 2017 and Claremont Planning anticipate that planning permission for the proposal will be granted in early 2018. This scheme will contribute towards the delivery of much needed homes in Ludlow as well as within the wider area of Shropshire and will help to realise the Council's target in delivering housing as per the adopted Development Plan.

Shropshire Council: Appleby, Buildwas, Shropshire

Shrophire Council

Claremont Planning were instructed by a local resident of Buildwas, Shropshire to submit an outline planning application for the erection of two large family dwellings on the edge of the village in an area directly adjacent to the Shropshire Hills AONB. The client's aim was to provide two plots of land with extant outline planning consent to sell on for development of bespoke or self–build property in an area noted for it’s particular natural beauty and high landscape quality.

Claremont Planning were aware of the constraints of the site, given the rural location of Buildwas, as well as the presence of the AONB and the Grade I Listed Buildwas Abbey within close proximity to the site. However, as the site was to promoted as an opportunity for local people to build a property of their own specification, as well as delivering a supply of housing to meet local need, the site was identified to have potential. The outline application was submitted to the Local Planning Authority in April 2017 and was granted outline planning permission through delegated powers in July 2017. The application received support from both local residents and by the Parish Council who stated that the application was“compliant with our policy of limited infill within the community cluster.”

 


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