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Our professionals are contributing to a range or property webinars over the next few months, including a focus on the Oxford-Cambridge Arc from both a research and housing perspective. We are also outlining the findings of our flagship commercial property research report, Commercial Edge. All events are virtual, and you are invited to attend. 

To view our scheduled webinars, please click here.

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On behalf of Harworth Group plc and the Gilliat Family, our Leeds based planning professionals have submitted an outline planning application to Doncaster Council for up to 2.9 million sq ft of employment space at Bradholme Farm, Thorne.  

The site is a prime location for employment as it is located within an established industrial and logistics corridor in South Yorkshire, which is also sustainable and well connected to Thorne. It will bring significant socio-economic benefits to Thorne and Doncaster through the creation of up to 4,500 new jobs and around £252 million of GVA per annum.

Our professionals managed the project team to address all technical issues such as transport, flood risk and ecology, including the coordination and preparation of an Environmental Statement. 

The application follows pre-application discussions with Doncaster Council, statutory and non-statutory consultees, EIA scoping and representations to the Doncaster Local Plan. 

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

Emma Winter

Associate Partner
07973 505576

Our professionals have recently secured planning permission for a fund managed by Tristan Capital Partners for the comprehensive refurbishment of Reading International Business Park. 

The works seek to reposition the iconic development as a market leading workspace with a specific focus on employee health and wellbeing. Amongst the improvements delivered by the proposals are the provision of a new and extended gym for use by employees, improved end of trip facilities, a focus on sustainable and green energy provision, works on the Grade II Listed Little Lea Farmhouse for Class E purposes, and reconfigured car parking arrangements.

The proposed development demonstrates the changing priorities of the office market because of the pandemic and the need for COVID-19 secure workplaces. Listed building consent was also secured.

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

Peter Edwards
07770 433519

On behalf of our landowning clients, Crabhill Development and their master developer, St Modwen, we are pleased to announce the sale of a 1.1-acre serviced plot with planning permission for the care home, on the exciting Kingsgrove development scheme in Wantage, Oxfordshire.

The land was sold to Care UK for £2,750,000 and represents the latest milestone in our landowning clients’ vision to create a community with aspirations for design and place-making.

Our professionals have acted for the landowners at Kingsgrove for more than 10 years. Together with Lands Improvement Holdings, we obtained outline planning permission for the 227-acre new settlement in July 2015 from the Vale of White Horse District Council for up to 1,500 homes, a new primary school, a neighbourhood centre, including a pub/restaurant and local retail accommodation, sports pitches, employment space and community amenities set around a central park. St. Modwen subsequently signed a development agreement with the landowners to take forward the delivery of the masterplan and infrastructure in June 2017.

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

James Bainbridge
07887 834070

Our development team has completed the unconditional sale of a 23.19 hectare (53.30 acre) residential development site in Ripon, North Yorkshire. 

We were initially instructed by the landowner to select a development partner to promote the site through the planning process. Our professionals agreed a promotion agreement with Gladman, who secured outline planning permission for the development of up to 390 dwellings. Working alongside Gladman, and on behalf of the landowner, we marketed the site and recently concluded the successful sale to Homes England. 

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

Daniel Sherwood
Associate Partner 
07801 666175

In addition to two other commercial buildings we obtained planning consent for recently, our professionals have secured permission for the final four commercial buildings to complete the development of a new business park at Ashdon Road, Saffron Walden.  

The applications follow a long planning history, which has seen the old dilapidated commercial buildings that were once present on the site replaced with a new builders’ merchant, the commercial park, and housing.

The approved units can be used for a range of commercial uses including office and industrial space, as a well as a gym. Our professionals have been advising on this site since 2012.

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

Paul Belton
07780 618141

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