Following previous approval for a hotel on this ‘brownfield’ site, the client approached Planning Insight for advice on achieving permission for a residential development.
To submit and achieve planning permission for 24 flats within the building, which would be a similar size to the already approved hotel size.
Firstly we carried out a review of the extant permission, after which we submitted a pre-application. We then worked with the client’s architect team to design a scheme with similar impacts. We were also appointed as Transport, Viability and Noise Consultants to provide supporting information.
Following detailed negotiations with officers who raised concerns with the provision of parking for 24 x 3-bed units, we revised the submission to reduce the number of bedrooms but in doing so increased the number of units to 28.
Having secured permission for major development with a reduced number of pre-commencement conditions, we then demonstrated how it would not be viable to provide affordable housing subject to a review mechanism if permission was not commenced within 18 months.
Planning Insight have been instrumental in securing planning permission for our development in Newbury Park. From instruction, Peter and the team handled the co-ordination of consultants and the architects to ensure the scheme submitted and all supporting information was robust. They devised innovative strategies to reduce the planning risk on the project and worked tirelessly in negotiating the section 106 contributions. I will be using Planning Insight on all our projects going forward and happily recommend them as planning consultants.