Projects / Strategic land



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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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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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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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 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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