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Carter Jonas in the news

This year, our planning professionals based in Oxford took part in the first virtual Local Plan Examination in Public (EiP). They represented two clients at the South Oxfordshire EiP, CEG and the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA).

CEG control significant land holdings at Culham, which is north of Didcot and south east of Abingdon in South Oxfordshire. The vision for the site includes 3,500 new homes, employment space totalling at least 10Ha, two primary schools, a secondary school and a local centre with a range of services and facilities.  All of which will be set alongside an improved railway station.  

Adjacent to the CEG land is the internationally important Culham Science Centre, owned and run by the UKAEA. Despite the site’s location in the Green Belt, over past years our planning professionals have secured a range of planning consents at Culham Science Centre relating to fusion energy, robotics and autonomous vehicles. The South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2035 provided an opportunity to review the Green Belt classification of Culham Science Centre. It was clear that releasing the site from Green Belt constraints would unlock significant potential for further growth, which is directly related to the Government’s ambitions for increase investment in science and technology, which is an anchor for numerous projects, including the Oxford–Cambridge Arc.     

After a challenging debate, which garnered significant national interest after the Secretary of State became involved in the political dimensions, the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2035 was adopted on 10 December 2020.    

As a result of the adoption of South Oxfordshire’s Local Plan 2035, our professionals secured the allocation for 3,500 homes, and associated employment space, along with the removal of nearly 80ha of land from the Green Belt to support the growth of Culham Science Centre. Our professionals also worked with a range of partners including masterplanners at DEFINE to produce a masterplan which seeks to connect the two sites where possible.  

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

Steven Sensecall

07970 796762

Our professionals have advised the Greater London Authority on procuring a development partner for the key redevelopment of the St Ann’s Hospital site in Tottenham.

Catalyst Housing Limited have been selected to deliver a scheme on the 7.1-hectare site which will involve building 934 homes including 60% affordable housing. It will also include 50 homes set aside for community-led housing, enabling local people to own some of the homes and making St Ann’s one of the largest community-led housing schemes in London. A search for the community organisation to take on these homes will be launched early in the new year.

The new homes, which range from family town houses to apartment blocks, will be designed by award-winning Karakusevic Carson Architects and 6a architects. All homes will meet or exceed London Housing Design Guide space standards and will be highly sustainable and energy efficient, with the highest levels of building safety, including sprinklers in all flats.  

Green space will be central to the development. The scheme includes 10,000m2 of new and existing tree cover, and the existing Peace Garden is being tripled in size. New playground space will also be created. Heritage assets, including St Ann’s Victorian water tower, will be preserved. There will also be improvements to pedestrian and cycling infrastructure along St Ann’s Road to increase access across the site, including to Chestnuts Park.

The site was originally purchased by the GLA to ensure delivery of a scheme of greater density than had previously been envisaged, and at a higher level of affordable housing. Our professionals have been involved throughout, initially undertaking feasibility and viability studies on a range of options for the site to inform the GLA’s requirements, providing input to the preparation of procurement documentation and evaluating the final developer proposals

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

George Barnes
02075 291539

Our professionals, in association with Sturt and co, have announced the launch of an 87.2-acre (35.289 hectare) freehold residential development opportunity in Norfolk, at South Wootton, to the north east of King’s Lynn.

This new housing development site promises to transform the supply of much-needed homes in the King’s Lynn area. The site was allocated for housing by Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, with the planning application being granted on appeal. 

The site will include affordable housing and has been designed to create much needed local facilities with open spaces, play areas, sports pitches, car park and shops. The scheme will also see money spent on key improvements to bus, walking and cycling routes in the area. King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council needs to build more than 500 new homes a year to meet national targets. 

Mathew Forster, partner at Carter Jonas, outlined, “With its excellent rail links to both Cambridge and London Kings Cross, and with the beautiful Norfolk countryside on its doorstep, King’s Lynn offers an excellent opportunity, in a post COVID-19 era, for purchasers wanting to live in the area”.

Richard Sturt of Sturt and co, outlined, “Our vision here is for a high quality, sustainable development with a good range of different housing types. It will be a real boost to the area, and we look forward to meeting house builders who want to take on this opportunity.”

An indicative masterplan accompanies the outline planning consent. All planning, legal and technical documentation, including the signed S106 agreement, is available via a microsite which can be access on request. The closing date for tenders is Thursday 4 February 2021.
For further information, please contact a member of our team:

Richard Combes
Associate Partner 
07879 635547

West Berkshire District Council has announced that it is reviewing its Local Plan to cover the period up to 2037.

The Local Plan Review will identify the development that is required to meet the local area’s needs, set out a strategy for distributing development within the district, and outline the Council’s policies for conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment. The overall aim is to aid West Berkshire in achieving sustainable development.

West Berkshire District Council are still at an early stage in the plan-making process and have produced an emerging draft version of their Local Plan Review. They believe it is important to understand what their key stakeholders think of the draft plan at this stage, so are inviting comment. The deadline for submitting responses is Friday 5 February 2021. 

If you own land within the West Berkshire district, this could be your opportunity to influence the Local Plan Review and realise your land’s potential. 

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

Nicky Brock
07971 3972870

The next edition of Planning & Development bulletin will be published in January, 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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