Projects / Residential

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Keyworth

Client: Commercial Estates Group
Scheme: Major Residential Development

Nexus Planning, acting as planning and lead consultant, are promoting land at Nicker Hill in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire for housing as part of both the emerging Keyworth Neighbourhood Plan and Rushcliffe local plan process.

The site is currently located within the Green Belt, but the emerging local plan has established that exceptional circumstances exist to review the Green Belt to meet the Borough’s identified housing needs and demand. The indicative proposals for the site comprise up to 170 homes, 56 extra care homes, as well as public open space including new community allotments, a mini country park and further hard and soft landscaping.

Image: Framework block layout by Broadway Malyan.

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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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Chester Road, Whitchurch

Client: Hollins Strategic Land
Scheme: Development of up to 57 homes on land in Whitchurch

Nexus Planning has been retained by Hollins Strategic Land LLP to advise on a number of residential development schemes. In Whitchurch, Nexus Planning has co-ordinated the submission of an outline planning application on land at Chester Road. The site lies to the north west of the town centre and extends to 2.25 hectares. Whilst the site has not been identified in the emerging site allocations DPD, a robust planning case has been presented reflecting the lack of a five year land supply and the site’s sustainable location.

The application is being progressed in parallel with comments on the emerging site allocations DPD (known as SAMDev) raising, amongst other things, the mismatch between core strategy policies and the distribution of housing across the county and lack of certainty of deliverability, in part due to a lack of allocations and an over-reliance on unidentified sites.

Image: Proposed masterplan by Grant Erskine Architects.

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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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rownhams

Land South of the M27, Rownhams, Hampshire

Client: Commercial Estates Group
Scheme: Major Residential Development

Nexus Planning, acting as planning and lead consultant, are promoting land south of the M27 in Rownhams, Hampshire for housing as part of the emerging Test Valley local plan process. Given the sustainability of the site, and the unmet need for housing in the area, a planning application was submitted in spring 2014 for the development of up to 350 new homes, together with new allotments, open space and a community orchard. Discussions with the Council are ongoing.

Image: Illustrative masterplan by FPCR Environment and Design Ltd.

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Land South of Madgwick Lane, Chichester

Client: Commercial Estates Group
Scheme: Major Residential Development

Nexus Planning, acting as planning and lead consultant, are currently promoting land to the north east of Chichester for the development of up to 1,000 new homes through the emerging Chichester local plan process. Part of the land has been allocated in the emerging local plan and an application for this area, comprising up to 350 new homes, was submitted in April 2014. We are currently working with the Council and relevant stakeholders to deliver a high quality new development and much needed new housing.

Image: Illustrative Layout by Adam Architecture.

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Shackleford Mushroom Farm

Client: Wates Developments Ltd
Scheme: Redevelopment of a redundant site near to the historic and picturesque village of Shackleford

We were appointed in 2007 as town planning consultants to obtain planning permission for the redevelopment of the site for housing. Our role as lead consultant and project manager was to devise and implement a planning strategy to secure permission, co-ordinate the input of a team comprising specialist consultants ranging from agricultural, arboricultural and archaeological consultants, to engineers, transport planners and property agents, and to lead the process of community engagement and discussions with planning officers. Securing planning permission for redevelopment was made difficult by the site’s location within the Metropolitan Green Belt and Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The situation was further complicated by the existing agricultural use of the site, its adjacency to the Shackleford Village Conservation Area and the fact that the site straddled the boundary between Guildford and Waverley Borough Councils. This resulted in the need to submit two identical planning applications, each consisting of 26 specialist reports, negotiation with two planning authorities, engagement with two Parish Councils and the need to obtain two planning permissions. Detailed planning permission was granted by the two Borough Councils following the Secretary of State’s decision not to “call in” the applications, having been satisfied that the applicant had demonstrated the “very special circumstances” required to justify an exception to Green Belt policy.

Critical to the success of the project was extensive engagement with the local community and Parish Councils which involved four public exhibitions of proposals, a survey of local housing needs, mail-drops and regular information bulletins. This enabled the local community to be involved in the evolution of the scheme, resulting in the majority of local residents supporting the proposals.

Image courtesy of OSP Architecture.

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Crawley Down

Land East of Woodlands Close, Crawley Down

Client: Gleeson Developments Limited
Scheme: Residential Development

Nexus Planning secured planning permission, following a public inquiry in spring 2013, for the development of 46 new homes on an unallocated greenfield site, located within an identified strategic gap, adjacent to the settlement of Crawley Down. Mid Sussex District Council had accepted that the site was sustainable and that the Council could not demonstrate a 5 year land supply, but objected to the proposals primarily on the groups of its ecological impacts on adjacent woodland and the Ashdown Forest SPA – matters which were resolved through the inquiry process.

An application was submitted in late 2013 for the development of a further 51 new homes on land immediately adjacent to this original site, and this application is currently the subject of an appeal which is due to be heard in summer 2014.

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Shrewsbury

Land at Bowbrook, Shrewsbury

Client: Commercial Estates Group
Scheme: Major Residential Development

In Spring 2014 Nexus Planning, acting as planning and lead consultant, secured outline planning permission from Shropshire Council for the development of up to 425 new homes, a 13- hectare countryside park, a ‘future-proof’ area for recreation, community or education uses and a new link road. This greenfield site was promoted through the Council’s emerging Site Allocations Document although the site had yet to be allocated at the time that the application was approved. The resolution to grant permission, in November 2013, was achieved within 9 weeks of submitting the application and the successful outcome was the conclusion of a process of engagement with local stakeholders which included a public consultation exhibition, meetings with residents groups, and regular liaison with officers and members at Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury Town Council.

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Land South of Thame, Oxfordshire

Client: Commercial Estates Group
Scheme: Major Residential Development

Nexus Planning secured planning permission in June 2014 for outline proposals for the development of up to 175 new homes on land south of Thame in Oxfordshire, on behalf of Commercial Estates Group. This is the first approval in the UK for a housing site allocated through a Neighbourhood Plan process and the Thame Neighbourhood Plan itself, which was endorsed at a referendum in May 2013, was the first Neighbourhood Plan in the UK to allocate sites for development.

Nexus Planning, Commercial Estates Group and its professional team worked closely with both Thame Town Council and South Oxfordshire District Council to secure this permission, and the development will in due course deliver much-needed housing and affordable housing in a high quality and locally-responsive new development.

Image: Illustrative Masterplan by Civic Studio.

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Acrefair Works

Acrefair Works site, near Wrexham

Client: Air Products plc
Scheme: Residential / commercial land / public open space

Nexus Planning is the lead consultant acting on behalf of the landowners, Air Products, and successfully negotiated an outline planning application for 230 houses, 1 ha of commercial land and 2 ha of public open space.  A public consultation event was a key part of the process and Nexus Planning led in-depth negotiations on the Section 106 agreement to ensure that the site would be attractive to potential purchasers, whilst ensuring that the needs of the local community would also be met.

At the start of the commission, Air Products were still operating from the site but the decision had already been taken to close the facility and advice was sought regarding its future disposal. Nexus Planning worked closely with Air Products’ appointed commercial advisors and formulated a strategy to obtain best value from the site. The decision was taken to initially promote the site as a housing allocation through the emerging Wrexham local plan process with a view to then obtaining outline planning consent before taking the site to market.

A draft housing allocation was secured in the emerging Wrexham local plan but the plan was suspended at examination. However, a robust argument had been put together that allowed the team to progress towards the submission of a planning application in advance of formal allocation.

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St Anns

St Ann’s Hospital, Haringey, London

Client: Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Mental Health Trust
Scheme: 470 homes and a major new healthcare facility

Nexus Planning has submitted a hybrid planning application for the regeneration of the 11 hectare site of St Ann’s Hospital in Haringey. The scheme, which is currently the largest project in the borough, comprises the re-development and consolidation of a late 19th century hospital and will provide 470 houses and flats, many of which will be suitable for families, including some affordable homes, a shop, and 55,000 sq ft of new healthcare facilities.

Nexus Planning is providing the planning and project management consultancy advice. It also co-ordinated the preparation of the Environmental Statement.

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Burgess Hill

Burgess Hill Northern Arc, Sussex

Client: Rydon Homes, Wates Development, Gleeson Development
Scheme: 3,500 dwelling mixed use strategic urban extension

The Nexus Planning team has recently secured the allocation of this major strategic site in the Submission Mid Sussex District Local Plan. The concept of bringing together three major developers in the promotion of a comprehensive growth area for this Sussex town was presented to the local town council in advance of the government’s ‘Localism’ agenda.  Strong partnership working with town and district councillors and officers culminated in local community and political support for this new urban quarter.  Planning applications for the phased implementation of the development are currently being prepared.

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