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Maintaining water quality is critical to human health and our natural environment. 

Its impact on the world of development is comparatively recent, but the increased presence of nitrates and phosphates in the ecosystems of our rivers is currently placing the delivery of tens of thousands of homes at risk.

The consequences of the problem go beyond environmental matters and have a significant impact on broader social and economic considerations. Our Planning & Development professionals have outlined the issue and analysed the solutions which are currently being presented across the UK.

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On behalf of Harworth Group PLC, our planning professionals based in Leeds have successfully secured outline planning permission, including means of access, for up to 118 dwellings on 3.59 ha of land at Hay Green Lane, Birdwell.

Following a pre-application enquiry, the team subsequently managed engagement with local residents and ward members and the preparation of technical information required to support an outline application.


Upon submitting the outline application, our planning specialists worked closely with the council to achieve a high quality indictive layout which provides a policy compliant level of affordable housing, public open space and ‘no net loss’ of biodiversity through on and off site enhancements. 

The team also continued to work closely with ward members and local residents to address concerns raised in relation to the public highway in the vicinity of the site and in particular around the nearby primary school, offering a variety of measures as part of the S106 that go beyond the requirements identified by the Council’s Highways Department to ensure highways capacity and safety are maintained. 

Following the resolution of all technical issues the application was taken to planning committee with an officer recommendation for approval, which was subsequently endorsed by members.

For further information, please contact a member of our team:

Emma Winter

Associate Partner
07973 505576

Having previously secured planning consent for the scheme on behalf of Buccleuch Property, we acted as joint agents on the sale. The site at 233-236 Nestle Avenue has planning permission for 457 flats over four blocks. 

It includes 124 affordable homes and 27,400 sq ft of commercial space. Buccleuch has assembled the secondary industrial land over two decades and gained consent from Hillingdon Council and the Greater London Authority in 2019.

ZX Holdings will seek investment for the build-to-rent development and is also looking for further acquisition opportunities across the capital.

Sandy Smith, development director at Buccleuch Property, said: “This sale has realised a significant capital receipt for the Buccleuch Property business which, alongside other cash and existing facilities, provides a sizeable war chest for new acquisitions in a market where we see real opportunity.”

A spokesman from ZX Holdings said: “Nestle Avenue is a great location in terms of price point and proximity to Crossrail and the scheme provides for value add through detailed design.”

For further information, please contact a member of our team:

George Barnes
07825 386649

Our professionals helped to secure a resolution to grant full planning consent on behalf of Barratt London and the Hyde Group (a joint venture known as Harrow View LLP) for 474 new homes, 649 sqm of community space and 456 sqm of retail at Plots B1 and C1 of Eastman Village in Harrow. 

Located on the former Kodak factory site, Eastman Village is set within the Harrow & Wealdstone Opportunity Area and the Heart of Harrow Housing Zone. In December 2018, we helped secure reserved matters permission on the two plots for 350 new homes along with community and leisure uses. Following a design review of the site undertaken by Pollard Thomas Edwards, the project architect, it was concluded that the plots were capable of delivering further dwellings. The increase of 124 new homes ensures that housing delivery on this brownfield site is optimised, as encouraged in the new London Plan. 

* Photo credit - Case Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE)

The mixed-use scheme will continue to comprise a variety of tenures to support the needs of the local community, and in this phase, 40% of new homes will be affordable. The two plots will be linked by, and will benefit from, an extensive Green Link which includes a series of carefully designed tailored public spaces and areas of playspace. The application will now be referred to the Greater London Authority for the Mayor’s Stage 2 review, if this is successful, planning permission will be subsequently granted when a Section 106 legal agreement has been completed with the London Borough of Harrow.

* Photo credit - Case Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE)

Our professionals have now helped to secure planning permission for just over 2,000 new homes on the wider site owned by Barratt and Hyde over the last three years.

For further information, please contact a member of our team:

Alister Henderson
07786 333709

On behalf of GCR Camprop Nine Ltd, our team have secured resolution to grant planning permission from the Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Council Joint Development Control Committee for the demolition of an existing single storey building on plots 127-131 at Cambridge Science Park, and replacement with a new six storey office/research and development building. 

The new building will have a floor area of approximately 6,300 m2 replacing the existing circa 1200 m2 of floor area on the site. The building is of bespoke architectural design and targets a high level of sustainability and wellbeing for end users. Design standards to be achieved are as follows: 

  • Designed to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’
  • Designed to achieve WiredScore ‘Platinum’
  • Designed to achieve WELL ‘Gold’
  • Circa 130% bet gain in biodiversity within the site

Notably the building construction is proposed to be of timber frame, utilising Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) technology and further enhancing the significant sustainability credentials of the building. It is believed that the building will be the tallest timber framed commercial building in Cambridge and will be unique in this regard. 

We have acted for GCR Camprop Nine providing professional planning advice from the very early conception of the project. Representation has been provided during all negotiation with the local planning authority including a Planning Performance Agreement. Project support was provided by MCW Architects, Henry Riley and Smith and Wallwork Engineers.


The decision comes ahead of the adoption of the North East Area Action Plan, which will see this part of Cambridge, including the Science Park, transformed to create a significant new sustainable district of the city of Cambridge.

For further information, please contact a member of our team:

Matt Hare
07796 148843

Our Live Local Plan Monitor is an interactive tool designed to highlight planning and development opportunities across the UK. 

Whether you are a developer, investor or landowner, our live tool can provide you with an up-to-date snapshot of local planning, aiding you in decision making and helping you to advance your development land strategy.

The Greater London and Eastern regions have now been released and are available to view on the interactive live tool. To view the Live Local Plan Monitor, click here.

The next edition of Planning & Development Bulletin will be published in May, however you can keep up-to-date with our latest firmwide developments on the News & Events section of our website.

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Colin is a Partner and was appointed Head of Planning & Development Division in November 2020, he is based out of our Cambridge office.  He has over 25 years’ experience of planning consultancy and has a broad sphere of work.  He acts for a wide range of private, institutional and developer clients and has worked on significant planning applications and appeals.

He regularly instructs Counsel, and has appeared at a number of Local Plan examinations and in Section 78 and other appeals where he has often given evidence.  He carries out much land promotion work and has a strong track record of delivering planning consents taking projects through their entire process from site identification to construction on site.  

Away from work, Colin is Chairman of the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry and of the Cambridge branch of networking group, Interact.  He is also Chairman of the Dining Rights Committee at the Hawks’ Club, a sporting club in the City for Cambridge University sportsmen. He is a regular, if poor golfer, a keen cyclist and a committed, but somewhat less dangerous skier than he once was.

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James is Chairman of Carter Jonas.  Formerly Head of the Planning & Development Division, James advises clients on proposed development projects throughout the south of England with nearly 30 years of experience in residential and mixed use development.  This includes site identification, project management of planning and development strategies, valuation and viability appraisals, marketing and sale of development opportunities. He has specific expertise in option, promotion and other development agreements, joint ventures and landowner equalisation agreements. James has been involved in sites ranging from new settlements to city centre regeneration and smaller provincial and rural schemes, and also provides expert witness and independent expert valuation services for dispute resolution.

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Nick is a chartered town planner and development surveyor with over 25 years' experience, gained across the residential, commercial, retail and industrial sectors for corporate, institutional and private landowners and developers. He has worked at CBRE and Drivers Jonas Deloitte. His professional experience is in three main sectors – Strategic Land / Projects, Retail / Mixed-Use and Central London. Strategic Projects / Land involves the promotion of land for commercial and residential development for landowners and developers. Retail / Mixed-Use schemes are a blend of edge of centre and town centre mixed-use schemes with food stores and other uses, often residential. This sector includes regeneration and waterside schemes. Central London focuses on projects from Canary Wharf to Hammersmith and Camden down to Wandsworth, Southwark and Lambeth.

When he isn’t working, Nick can be found playing golf (increasingly badly) and spending time re-stocking and emptying his wine cellar to indulge his passion for wine.

Steven is Partner and Head of Planning Southern Region and is based in our Oxford office.

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John is Head of the Leeds office and the Planning & Development Team North. John advises clients on proposed development projects throughout the North of England.  He has over 30 years’ experience in residential and commercial development acting for private, corporate, institutional, charity and public sector clients.

This includes site identification, project management of planning and development strategies, valuation and viability appraisals, marketing and sale of development opportunities.

John has specific expertise in Options, Promotional Agreements, Joint Ventures and Conditional Contracts, acting mainly for landowners.  John has been involved in projects such as new settlements, to city centre regeneration, provincial sites, large commercial developments and site sales.

The Development Agency team are currently instructed on 6,500 acres in 150 locations across the North West, Yorkshire and the North East.

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