Sustainable homes to replace engineering works


Project overview

Client: Mulbury
Location: Levenshulme, Greater Manchester
Sector: Residential
Project status: Planning approved

This project saw PWA Planning secure full planning approval on behalf of Mulbury for a development of 64 new family homes and apartments to transform a derelict brownfield site in Levenshulme.


What we did


The scheme was proposed by specialist housing developer Mulbury and will see the redevelopment of the former Atlas Engineering Works in Chapel Street which has been derelict for several years.

PWA Planning handled the entire planning process for the development, which included pre-application discussions and negotiations with the local planning authority, consultation with local stakeholders and management of the planning application through to determination.

The scheme will see 22 three-bedroom homes, 14 four-bedroom homes and 28 two-bedroom apartments built on the site. Work on the new homes is scheduled to begin in spring 2017.

There were a number of sensitivities surrounding the redevelopment, including a desire by some local voices to see the historic façade of the engineering works retained. While this was not a viable option, the final design of the apartment block was considered by both locals and the LPA to be sympathetic to the architecture of the former Atlas Mill.


What our client said

“Our planning application for this particular site was handled efficiently by PWA Planning. Emily Robinson was always on hand to deal with our enquiries and was proactive in negotiations with the local planning authority. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend PWA Planning.”

David Wroe, Head of Mulbury Living

Brierfield

Affordable homes in a former coal mining area


Brierfield

Project overview

Client: Calico Homes
Location: Burnley, Lancashire
Sector: Affordable housing
Project status: Planning approved

Working with a team of consultants and architects, PWA Planning helped gain full planning permission for a 100 per cent affordable housing development of 17 dwellings on a greenfield site in Briercliffe, near Burnley.



What specific challenges were overcome during the project

PWA Planning was instructed by Calico Homes to progress a full planning application on an area of vacant grassland. The site was accessed via a small housing estate and was adjacent to the Briercliffe Working Men’s Club.

The club operated as a function venue and the application needed to carefully consider the impact of noise on future occupants. The land was also on a gentle slope and was also recognised as being at high risk of ground instability as a result of historic coal-mining activity. This is likely the reason no previous development has taken place on the site, despite many previous applications for housing coming forward.

We worked with the client to seek pre-application advice from both Pendle Borough Council on the merits of the scheme, and from Lancashire County Council on highways matters. This feedback was fed into the proposed design.

The development comprised of nine two-bedroom homes and eight three-bedroom homes. All were two stories in height with parking and front and rear gardens. Our team advised on the configuration of the layout to ensure the dwellings met with the council’s standards for separation distances and that residents would have a good level of amenity.

An acoustic survey was commissioned to investigate the impact of noise and disturbance associated with the adjacent Working Men’s Club. This demonstrated that through the inclusion of ventilation and specialist glazing, it would be possible to mitigate any potential impact.

We were able to demonstrate to Pendle Council that the appearance of the development respected the character of its location where brick in buff colour and stone dominated. The planning application received unanimous approval by members of Pendle Council’s planning committee

Cropper Road

New homes to support Blackpool’s regeneration


Cropper Road

Project overview

Client: Stanley Investments and Muir Group Housing Association
Location: Blackpool, Lancashire
Sector: Affordable Housing
Project status: Planning approved

PWA Planning prepared, submitted and managed the planning application for 31 affordable homes, working with Stanley Investments and Muir Group Housing Association.



What we did

PWA Planning was instructed by Stanley Investments to advise on a planning application for a 100 per cent affordable housing scheme by Muir Group Housing Association at a site near Blackpool.

The proposals would deliver 31 one, two and three-bedroom homes for affordable rent within the administrative area of Fylde Borough Council.

The site formed part of a wider housing and employment allocation in the area, which was a key focus for development in Fylde. Despite the principal of development being acceptable by virtue of this allocation, there were challenges and it was vital to the funding of the project that the planning approval was achieved within a short timeframe.

PWA’s role was to prepare, submit and manage the planning application, which involved dealing with initial objections from the lead flood authority and Lancashire County Council highways. These objections were ultimately overcome, leading to a positive officer recommendation and approval of the application in June 2019, meeting the applicant’s deadline.

Dunrobin Dr

New homes to boost Chorley’s affordable housing numbers


Dunrobin Dr

Project overview

Client: Mulbury Homes and One Vision Housing
Location: Chorley, Lancashire
Sector: Affordable Housing
Project status: Planning approved

PWA Planning prepared, submitted and managed the planning application for 51 affordable homes, working with Mulbury Homes and One Vision Housing.



What we did

PWA Planning was instructed by Mulbury Homes to advise on a planning application for a 100 per cent affordable housing scheme on behalf of One Vision Housing at a site in Euxton, Chorley.

The proposals would deliver 51 affordable homes, with a mix of one-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom houses, for affordable rent and shared ownership within the administrative area of Chorley Council.

The site had formerly been granted planning consent for 37 dwellings in 2017. The challenge was therefore to demonstrate the site could accommodate a larger number of smaller units, and the associated impacts as a result.

PWA’s undertook pre-application discussions with the council and prepared, submitted and managed the planning application. Given the proximity of the site to a local church, we also led discussions with local stakeholders to answer their queries and provide technical information to address concerns relating to drainage. PWA liaised with the council throughout the determination period with the application gaining a recommendation for approval at planning committee. PWA spoke in support of the application at committee which saw the proposals approved.

Field Street

New affordable homes on a challenging site


Field Street

Project overview

Client: Stanley Investments and Jigsaw Homes
Location: Wigan, Lancashire
Sector: Affordable Housing
Project status: Planning approved

PWA Planning prepared, submitted and managed the planning application for 72 new affordable homes, working with Stanley Investments and Jigsaw Homes



What we did

We were instructed by Stanley Investments to advise on a planning application for a 100 per cent affordable housing scheme by Jigsaw Homes at a site in Wigan.

The proposals would deliver a mix of one-bedroom apartments and two and three-bedroom homes for affordable rent within the administrative area of Wigan Council.

The site is located approximately 0.5km from Wigan town centre on a site which the council felt represented a key gateway to the town. The site was formerly used as a cattle market but which had been in a derelict state for some time.

Our role was to prepare, submit and manage the planning application. The timeframes for this project were tight, and it was essential that a decision on the scheme was issued in a timely fashion in order to secure the necessary funding with Homes England. There were a number of technical issues with the site, most notably with regard to drainage and the need for a retaining wall, which involved careful negotiation with the council’s engineering team.

Following the resolution of the various technical issues on site, we supported the applicants in ensuring the S106 legal agreement was completed as quickly as possible to allow the decision to be issued.

New Hall Lane

New community in Preston’s former industrial heartland


New Hall Lane

Project overview

Client: Mulbury and Adactus Housing Group
Location: Preston, Lancashire
Sector: Affordable housing
Project status: Planning approved

PWA Planning provided planning advice over a period of five years to help bring forward residential development in three separate phases on an extremely challenging former cotton manufacturing site.


What we did

Together the three phases of development, on the site of three derelict cotton mills in the St Matthews area of the city, have provided 150 much-needed new affordable homes in Preston.

There were numerous obstacles to overcome throughout each of the three phases. These planning and technical constraints included contaminated land and ‘hazard zones’ associated with former gas storage facilities. Alongside the technical difficulties, planning permission needed to be delivered in a very limited timeframe to ensure that funding remained available to deliver the development.

During the final phase of development, we also acted to quickly to prevent an 11th hour attempt to have part of one of the former mill structures listed as a heritage asset – a move which would have prevented development.

This work included instructing a local heritage consultant to prepare a rebuttal which was submitted to Historic England. We also contacted local ward councilors, informing them that a listing could have precluded the proposed affordable residential redevelopment and would, at best, result in significant delays to redevelopment of any kind.

Throughout each stage, the PWA team worked closely with officers at Preston City Council to overcome detailed technical issues and ensure planning permission was granted ahead of time. Subsequent management of legal agreements, community infrastructure levy (CIL) exemptions and planning conditions meant development could commence before funding deadlines.


What our client said

“PWA continues to provide an exceptionally professional service while understanding the needs and values of our business and the commercial implications that the planning process has for any developer.”

Greg Mulligan, director, Mulbury

Regenerating a former cotton mill site in Preston


Project overview

Client: Mulbury and Adactus Housing
Location: Mosley Street, Preston
Sector: Residential
Project status: Completed

Acting for Mulbury & Adactus Housing, PWA Planning successfully negotiated full planning permission for the erection of fifty affordable dwellings on a former mill site in central Preston.


What we did


Part of a former cotton mill, the site had seen various stalled attempts at redevelopment. Multiple planning and technical constraints, including contaminated land and ‘hazard zones’ associated with former gas storage facilities made for an extremely challenging planning application. Alongside the technical difficulties, planning permission needed to be delivered in a very limited timeframe to ensure that funding remained available to deliver the development.

PWA worked closely with officers at Preston City Council to overcome the detailed technical issues and planning permission was granted ahead of time. Subsequent management of legal agreements, community infrastructure levy (CIL) exemptions and planning conditions by PWA meant that development could commence before the funding deadline.

The development will make a significant contribution to meeting Preston’s affordable housing needs and at the same time will see the redevelopment of a longstanding ‘eyesore’ site within Preston.


What our client said

“PWA continues to provide an exceptionally professional service while understanding the needs and values of our business and the commercial implications that the planning process has for any developer. Their commitment and professionalism has helped Mulbury to grow exponentially and I look forward to working with them in the future to ensure our mutual success and growth.”
Andrew Booth, land director, Mulbury