East Lane House, Runcorn

Nexus Planning was appointed by Shah Capital Trading Ltd to support the much-needed redevelopment of a large vacant redundant site at East Lane House in Runcorn. The site had laid vacant for nearly 20 years, with local councillors describing it as a ‘national disgrace’ in the Liverpool Echo. After previous failed attempts by other developers, Nexus was brought onboard alongside Broadway Malyan to push forwards with a high-quality mixed-use development, comprising 153 residential dwellings, a 66-bed care home and an 85-bed hotel.

Our Solutions

Initially we undertook an appraisal of the site to advise the client of any elements of risk with the initial scheme designed by the architects. The next step was pre-application discussions with the Local Planning Authority, where the principle of development was considered acceptable.
Following the pre-application response we worked closely with the architect and client to revise the scheme, for example the level of car parking and appointing additional supporting information, ahead of the planning application being submitted.
It was important to demonstrate the substantial benefits of the proposal during the planning application, such as the redevelopment of vacant brownfield land, affordable housing provision, ecological and biodiversity enhancements, high-quality design and the economic benefits.

The Outcome

This application delivered on much-needed regeneration. The Local MP was a key advocate of the scheme and the application team kept a keen dialogue with him throughout the process. We also assisted other key statutory consultees such as the Highways, Environmental Health and Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service. Following continued liaison with the Local Planning Authority, the application was heard at Planning Committee with a recommendation to grant and Committee members approved the application subject to the completion of a S106 agreement in January 2022.