Masterplanning Team helps win planning appeal in Essex
Date of Article
Sep 30 2021
Planning & development

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Laura Stops
Associate Partner, Planning & Development
0121 8207963 Email me About Laura
Laura is an Associate Partner with over 8 years post-qualification experience. She joined Carter Jonas in July 2021 and prior to this gained experience in both the public and private sector. Laura specialises in large-scale residential applications and site promotions, including new settlements and Green Belt release for national and local house builders, private developers and promoters and landowners. She is also highly experienced in acting for clients on industrial, commercial and retail projects, including brownfield redevelopment, stakeholder engagement and town centre uses.She provides clients with planning strategies, prepares and project manages complex planning applications, leads on Appeals and prepares representations and attends hearings in respect of site promotion.

Our Masterplanning Team has helped successfully challenge an appeal for non-determination by Basildon Borough Council for the development of 122 apartments on Runwell Road in Wickford, Essex.

The site is located on the north side of Runwell Road, just inside Wickford Town Centre.  An appeal hearing was held on July 8, 2021, and the Inspector allowed the appeal by decision dated September 14, 2021.

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Glen Richardson, Associate Partner, represented the client, Gateway House (Wickford) Limited on urban design matters.  He argued that the location of the site, coupled with supportive planning and design policies in the borough’s existing and emerging Local Plan and town centre masterplan, signalled that the site was an ideal location for two, six-storey apartment blocks to help define and “announce” the entrance to this side of the town centre.  The Inspector agreed and allowed the appeal subject to a number of conditions. 

The two apartment blocks feature highly articulated facades with projecting balconies, direct access for ground floor apartments onto Runwell Road, a two-level rear car parking and highly efficient heating and cooling systems. Photomontage image courtesy of Wincer Kievenaar Architects.