Projects / Public Sector

southwark

Southwark Training Centre

Client: London Fire Brigade / Dron & Wright
Scheme: Assessment of Development Potential

Southwark Training Centre was declared surplus to operational requirements at the end of 2013 as part of London Safety Plan 5. This is a large and complex site which includes offices, training areas, a fire station and a museum. Many of the buildings on site are listed. Nexus Planning have provided advice to the London Fire Brigade on the planning and listed building issues associated with the site, and the potential for, and planning issues associated with, the development / re-use of the site. This work is informing the disposal process.

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Addlestone Town Centre Redevelopment

Client: Bouygues Development
Scheme: 213 dwellings, 7,000 sq m of retail, cinema and hotel

Nexus planning has prepared and submitted a detailed planning application for the comprehensive mixed use redevelopment, spread over two phases, of a large site in Addlestone town centre. The site is predominantly owned by Runnymede Borough Council and the applicant (Bouygues Development) has entered into a development agreement with the Council to bring forward this ambitious scheme.

Nexus has worked very closely with the applicant to co-ordinate a consistent approach on a wide range of planning issues. These include the interrelated matters of air quality, transport and noise, in a constrained urban area. This has been against the background of a tight timetable for the client to start construction to meet their corporate objectives.

The planning application is supported by an environmental statement, which has been prepared by Nexus Planning, which covers socioeconomic, transport and air quality impacts.

The development will deliver many significant regeneration benefits to Addlestone and will invigorate and revitalise the town centre. These will include enhancing retail and leisure provision, increasing spending by new residents and hotel guests, delivering much needed housing, and providing a high quality public realm with a new permeable street network.

Construction work is due to start in early 2015.

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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.

Image courtesy of BDP.

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Twickenham Area Action Plan

Client: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Scheme: Statutory Development Plan

The Nexus Planning team, with Broadway Malyan, was appointed by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames to lead on the production of an Area Action Plan (AAP) for Twickenham Town Centre.

Twickenham Town Centre is not currently fulfilling its full potential and there is an increasing urgency to address the quality of the town centre retail and leisure offer, environment and public realm. The plan sets out a framework for the delivery of several sites including the northern approach to the town centre and the riverside.  The team worked alongside the Council’s planning policy team to realise and ensure the delivery of both community and business aspirations for the area, as well as providing clear development and design guidance for developers in bringing forward sites within the context of a comprehensive framework.

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Henley

Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan

Client: Henley on Thames Town Council
Scheme: To advise and assist in the preparation of a statutory Neighbourhood Plan

Nexus Planning has been commissioned by Henley on Thames Town Council to assist with the production of the Joint Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan. Nexus Planning were appointed through a competitive tender process to assist the community with the preparation of the statutory neighbourhood plan for the joint area.  A key focus for the neighbourhood plan is the need to identify land for around 400 new homes, in line with the requirements of the South Oxfordshire Core Strategy. Neighbourhood planning is a new type of planning document that was introduced by the localism act that came into force in April 2012, giving local people a greater say in the future of their communities. Nexus is pleased to be working with the Henley and Harpsden communities, building on its strong experience of working with and empowering local residents and stakeholders across the UK.

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