Projects / Office and Industrial

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Basing View, Basingstoke

Client: Muse Developments Ltd
Scheme: Regeneration of 2.0 hectare business park

Nexus Planning is the retained planning consultant to Muse Developments Limited in relation to its joint venture partnership with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, which is aimed at transforming Basing View into a 21st Century business park and the premier office location for Basingstoke and the M3 corridor.

Basing View is a 2.0 hectare business park which was established in the 1970’s to coincide with the planned major expansion of Basingstoke. It currently provides 90,000sqm of commercial office floorspace. Occupiers include the national HQ of the Automobile Association, ENI and Thales UK.

However, in spite of its excellent transport accessibility, proximity to Basingstoke town centre and prestigious range of occupiers, the aging building stock, competition, lack of investment in the public realm and the economic recession have resulted in a decline in occupancy and employment levels, a tired appearance and lack of market appeal, which the JV partnership is aimed to address.

Our role in assisting the long term regeneration of Basing View is a varied one. Since the JV partnership was established in 2013, we have submitted to the Council for approval a revised masterplan framework and have secured planning permission for a £3million package of public realm improvements as well as taking an overview on behalf of the JV partners of a detailed application for a 7,000 sq m combined John Lewis and Waitrose store, which was granted permission. Future work will include the preparation of a Basing View supplementary planning document and project managing individual planning applications for a wide range of development projects, including mixed use, commercial office, residential, retail and leisure.

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Landmark office building in Northampton

Client: Northamptonshire County Council
Scheme: Office building including new public square and café

Nexus Planning, in collaboration with BDP, has obtained a resolution to grant planning permission from Northampton Borough Council for a detailed application to construct a new landmark office building (circa 21,500 sq m) including a new public square, café and other commercial uses, on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council.

The scheme is part of the Northampton Alive regeneration programme and will bring some 2,000 professional workers and £12 million additional spend to Northampton’s town centre economy. The historic town centre location required a careful design solution. The new building will be a significant landmark on a currently underused site. The development will provide the anchor to a wider strategic vision for both the town centre and the operation of Northamptonshire County Council’s business.

The resolution to grant was achieved within only 10 weeks of submitting the application and followed an extensive pre-application programme. This involved engagement with local stakeholders, statutory bodies and the general public. Also, a public exhibition, neighbourhood consultation event and regular meetings with officers and members at Northampton Borough Council. It is an excellent example of how frontloading engagement with all parties can deliver planning permission for a major development in a short period of time.

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BP Sunbury

BP Sunbury, Building E
International Centre for Business
& Technology

Client: BP International Limited
Scheme: Planning permission for workplace building and parking

As retained planning and masterplanning consultants on the BP ICBT site, Nexus Planning secured detailed planning permission for the latest phase of the ICBT site re-development, comprising a new four storey workplace building of 10,000 sq.m and 256 parking spaces.

Nexus Planning provided planning advice to BP International Limited and project managed the entire planning process, including public engagement and co-ordination of the design team, led by Scott-Brownrigg Architects.

The planning permission was granted 10 weeks after submission without the imposition of any s.106 planning obligations or pre-commencement conditions. Nexus Planning has a continuing role advising BP on its planning strategy on this site.

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