Multi-use games area for Highfield Priory


Project overview

Client:  Highfield Priory
Location:   Preston
Sector: Education
Project status:  Completed

PWA Planning was engaged by Highfield Priory Independent School and Nursery to provide planning advice to support a planning application for the creation of a multi-use games area (MUGA) within the school grounds.


What we did


Involving various controversial issues including floodlighting, noise and visual impact, PWA Planning was able to successfully negotiate a positive outcome and the grant of full planning permission for the creation of a MUGA, utilising an area of unused land within the school grounds, but close to neighbouring residents.

PWA Planning prepared a detailed planning statement and other supporting information which was able to respond positively to development plan policy, and with the supporting technical reports, allowed the proposed development to prevail in the face of local objections to the scheme.

A positive PR campaign, involving the school pupils and families, as well as other local community groups indicated the wider support for the proposed development. PWA worked with Preston-based architects FWP on the scheme.

New-build free school in Preston


Project overview

Client: Conlon Construction, Education Funding Agency, Tauheedal Education Trust
Location: Preston
Sector: Education
Project status: Under construction

PWA Planning advised Conlon Construction, the Education Funding Agency and Tauheedal Education Trust in preparing and submitting a prior notification under the new Class T (formerly Class K) permitted development rights for a change of use of a vacant office building to a state-funded free school.


What we did


The £8m Eden Boys School will transform the vacant 11,450 square metre Universal House office building on the corner of New Hall Lane and London Road on the edge of Preston city centre.

PWA Planning secured the relevant permissions for both aspects of the scheme on behalf of developer Conlon Construction. The faith-based school, which will be run by the Tauheedul Islam Faith, Education and Community Trust (TIFECT), is the first free school to get the go ahead in Lancashire under the recently-introduced Class K permitted development rights.


What our client said

“PWA Planning assisted us through every stage of the planning process which had a number of key challenges to overcome and included areas of planning legislation outside of our usual sphere of experience. The assistance and advice given to us throughout every stage of the planning process was invaluable and without doubt contributed hugely to the successful conclusion of planning matters for the project. We would not hesitate to work with PWA Planning again or recommending them to others.”
John Hicks, design manager, Conlon Construction

New-build nursery for Ashbridge School


Project overview

Client: Ashbridge School
Location: Preston
Sector: Education
Project status: Planning approved

PWA Planning advised Ashbridge School on the preparation and submission of a detailed planning application for a 120 place children’s day nursery within North Preston.


What we did


Ashbridge had identified a clear demand for full day care places in the north of Preston for children aged three months to five years. Having acquired a potential site for the development, Ashbridge retained PWA to lead negotiations with the planning authority. The two-phased proposal, initially 44 children rising to 120, involved a number of complex planning issues; district centre protection policies, highway and access issues, phasing, and noise concerns.

PWA Planning worked with other technical consultants to address the noise, highways and other technical issues. PWA were able to use skills in demographics and population growth (through development plan allocations) to demonstrate chronic un-met need for nursery places in North West Preston and to demonstrate a lack of alternative available sites. Such evidence was instrumental in changing planning officers’ views and ensuring the application was recommended for approval at Preston City Council’s planning committee.

Solving planning issues for Oxfordshire equestrian school


Project overview

Client: Mrs Beveridge
Location: Swalcliffe, Oxfordshire
Sector: Equestrian
Project status: Completed

PWA Planning advised Swalcliffe Park Equestrian in the submission of a planning application seeking to secure permission for its longstanding use as a top equestrian training facility in Oxfordshire, where cross country schooling and competitions take place.


What we did


PWA prepared a sound planning case for the continuation of this successful business, demonstrating that this use is entirely appropriate in its countryside location and working with Cherwell District Council to agree various measures which could ensure any impacts on neighbouring properties could be appropriately mitigated.

PWA worked with the applicant in addressing the objections to the application from neighbouring residents, traffic and highway issues; event management; noise; legal challenge; and detailed consideration of the lawfulness of the existing use.

The application was considered by members at a planning committee meeting where there was unanimous support. The decision notice granting approval for Swalcliffe Park Equestrian was later issued.

Multi-Storey car park at Royal Preston Hospital


Project overview

Client:  Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location:   Preston, Lancashire
Sector: Healthcare
Project status:  Planning approved

PWA Planning was retained to advise Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the development of a multi-million pound decked car park to provide significant increase in parking provision at the busy hospital site.


What we did


PWA was brought on-board to promote the development of a large 500 space multi-storey car park within the grounds of the Royal Preston Hospital. Following earlier refusals of planning permission for similar schemes, and with increasing need to bolster on-site car parking numbers, PWA was challenged to overcome the earlier planning problems.

Following detailed public consultation, exhibitions and stakeholder meetings, including detailed pre-application discussions with the local planning authority, a scheme which addressed earlier concerns was devised. The scheme was supported by detailed highway evidence as well as strong planning-led arguments. Full planning permission for the development was granted by members of Preston City Council’s planning committee who endorsed the efforts that had been made to respond to earlier concerns and who backed the scheme wholeheartedly.


What our client said

“PWA has a flair for being able to identify solutions to sometimes seemingly intractable planning problems. The service that PWA offers always helps to support our role as project managers and architects. They certainly do get development moving.”
Paul Henderson, associate, FWP Group

Private dwellings in Macclesfield


Project overview

Client:   Provincial Homes
Location:   Chepstow Close, Macclesfield
Sector: Residential
Project status:  Completed

On behalf of Provincial Homes, PWA Planning secured full planning permission for the erection of a single large detached home, as well as two semi-detached dwellings on a vacant piece of former garden land in Macclesfield.


What we did


PWA Planning secured full planning permission for two alternative development schemes related to what was a ‘missed’ opportunity within a highly sought after residential environment in Macclesfield. The site formed part of the rear garden of a traditional large dwelling, around which more recent developments had been undertaken. Although a ‘backland’ development, working with the architect and the developer, PWA were able to identify schemes which could address and respond to the site constraints. PWA successfully negotiated with the council on issues including residential amenity, visual impact and site access; these were successfully overcome. Strong local housing values meant that the scheme was a success for the developer and returned additional value to the landowner.

New homes for challenging site in Bolton


Project overview

Client:  George Cox Holdings Ltd
Location:   Bolton
Sector: Residential
Project status:  Completed

PWA Planning achieved full planning permission for the erection of eight family dwellings on a vacant bowling green adjacent to the former Howcroft Inn, Bolton.


What we did


The site became redundant when the pub was closed and eventually converted into student accommodation in 2012.

Being located within an urban area close to the town centre, the site was tightly constrained by existing development; residential properties closely bounded the site to the North, East and West, and therefore careful consideration had to be given to a suitable layout which sought to respect the residential amenity of existing and future residents, while ensuring a commercially viable scheme. With detailed advice from PWA Planning to the scheme architect, the resulting design solution achieved the ideal balance and was commended by the local planning authority as representing a “clever use of space”.

PWA retained expert open space consultants to respond to the loss of the former bowling green and detailed evidence was provided which was able to demonstrate compliance with open space policies operated by the council.

Working closely with officers at Bolton Council, full planning permission was granted with only minor amendments to the scheme and inside the statutory eight week period.

Large family homes in the Ribble Valley


Project overview

Client: Reilly Developments Ltd
Location: Barrow, Clitheroe, Ribble Valley
Sector: Residential
Project status:  In progress

Following a successful outline planning application, PWA planning applied for ‘reserved matters’ to Ribble Valley Borough Council on behalf of Reilly Developments for seven large detached dwellings.


What we did


Working on behalf of Reilly Developments, PWA Planning successfully negotiated detailed design and layout issues and, unusually, was able to agree a ‘commuted sum’ payment in lieu of on-site affordable housing. The reserved matters application was approved without delay and subsequent applications for ‘discharge of planning conditions’ have been approved, allowing development to commence in 2015.

The site is located just south of Barrow and to the north of Whalley Industrial Park. The approved dwellings were designed and are being constructed to a very high standard in a manner sympathetic to the established village setting. The properties comprise of four-bedroom detached homes with garages and are set in ample private garden space, to ensure no loss of amenity to future occupants. Appropriate landscaping features were incorporated within the layout to enhance the proposals against the backdrop of the surrounding rural area.

In recognition of the efficient and positive the applications were handled, PWA has been instructed to enter negotiations with the planning authority on a second phase of the development to be commenced in 2016.


What our client said

“Negotiating through the pitfalls of the planning system is a skill that PWA Planning and its staff has in abundance. Their pragmatic approach to challenges and ability to secure positive outcomes is why we continue to use PWA and would highly recommend the service they offer.”
John Lydon, director, Reilly Developments

Langley Mill, Langley


Project overview

Client: GOYT Construction
Location: Langley, Macclesfield
Sector: Housing
Project status: TBC

In June 2015 Cheshire East Council refused planning permission for the conversion of the redundant Langley Mill, Macclesfield. GOYT Construction approached PWA Planning to lodge an appeal against the refusal and to concurrently re-submit a fresh application.


What we did


Langley Mill is a redundant commercial property, used originally for silk manufacturing from 1826 and representing a building of local historic significance. The Mill has been vacant for a number of years and has subsequently fallen victim to vandalism and deterioration.

Lying within the Green Belt but close to the village and with residential property in close proximity, the site represents a planning policy and design challenge. Despite general support for the redevelopment, Cheshire East Council did not see merit in the scheme and the application was rejected. PWA was retained to advise on the merits of appeal and to negotiate with the planning authority. Following detailed assessments, PWA advised that an appeal was appropriate but that at the same time a new application should be progressed.

PWA has prepared and lodged an appeal against the refusal and will seek an award of costs on behalf of the appellant. At the same time a reduced scheme is being negotiated with the planning authority in the hope that agreement can be reached and planning permission granted.

New homes in Bolton-le-Sands


Project overview

Client: Oakmere Homes
Location: St Michael’s Lane, Bolton-le-Sands
Sector: Residential
Project status: In progress

PWA Planning is currently working with Oakmere Homes to progress a full planning application for the erection of 20 dwellings at land East of Railway Crossing, St Michael’s Lane, Bolton-le-Sands.


What we did


Of the 20 dwellings, 40 per cent will be affordable dwellings. The scheme will also deliver an off-site roundabout at the junction with Sunnybank Road to provide a safe access and a contribution through a legal agreement for off-site open space provisions. In addition, public open space will also be provided on site.

Oakmere Homes has a strong track record of delivering high quality family dwellings in North Lancashire and South Cumbria and PWA Planning look forward to continuing to work with Oakmere on several of its future development projects.

New housing in a rural setting


Project overview

Client: Stanton Andrew Architects, Duerden Brothers Ltd
Location: Little Eccleston, Lancashire
Sector: Residential
Project status: Outline planning approved

PWA Planning secured planning consent for residential development on a salad growing and nurseries site in the village of Little Eccleston.


What we did


Initially approached via architects, Stanton Andrews, PWA Planning advised the business owners as to the potential for residential redevelopment of their site in Little Eccleston. Pre-application negotiations were initially somewhat negative, with concerns over scale and impact. PWA led a concerted effort by the design team, involving alterations to the scheme, and promotion of the benefits of the redevelopment to the local community, as a result of which the planning authority moved to support the redevelopment.

PWA undertook local community consultation and prepared and managed the planning process for the owners. As with any proposal to build new homes in a rural area, there was mixed reaction, but PWA worked closely with the local authority planning team to address concerns and ensure a suitable scheme for the area was developed. The application was presented to committee in 2015 with a positive recommendation and members of the committee endorsed the recommendation and granted outline planning permission.

Since the approval the council has now identified the site as the single housing allocation in this part of the borough in its emerging Local Plan.


What our client said

“Having worked with PWA Planning on a number of projects, their advice and planning services have made a valuable contribution to our company. Whether on domestic or commercial applications they are up to date with the most recent planning legislation and find the right balance between being bullish and pragmatic.”
Charles Stanton, director, Stanton Andrews Architects

Controversial planning consent on a greenfield site


Project overview

Client: Mr Denis Lambert
Location: Spout Farm, Longridge
Sector: Residential
Project status: Planning approved

PWA planning negotiated outline planning permission for residential development of an open countryside site on the edge of Longridge.


What we did


PWA Planning advised the owner of an existing greenfield site on the edge of the town of Longridge, near Preston. Despite the open countryside location of the site, outside of the current settlement boundary, PWA were able to identify and take advantage of the five year housing supply shortfall and were then able to convince the planning authority of the ‘sustainability’ credentials of the site.

PWA prepared and submitted an outline planning application which, following detailed ongoing negotiations with officers and third parties was recommended for approval. PWA addressed Members of the Planning Committee in support of the application, which was approved unanimously.

PWA continue to assist the landowner in a development strategy, involving potential changes to the scheme to address housing market demands.


What our client said

“I engaged PWA Planning because of the professionalism and enthusiasm shown for taking my application forward. With a cool head, and a very profound knowledge of planning, Paul pooled all his resources and secured a highly controversial victory on my behalf. The ability to deliver a comprehensive plan makes the PWA team stand head and shoulders above the rest. I am deeply indebted to PWA Planning and have already highly recommended their services to several colleagues.”
Mr Denis Lambert, site owner

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

Listed barn conversion into residential


Project overview

Client: Private client
Location: Pyebrook Hall Barn, Heskin
Sector: Residential
Project status: Planning approved


What we did


PWA Planning provided advice to its client and the architect on a suitable scheme, submission and management of a planning application and an application for listed building consent. PWA also dealt with planning conditions, assistance with claiming CIL self-build relief and assistance in obtaining the necessary ecology licenses.

Pyebrook Hall Barn is a grade II listed building next to the grade II listed Pyebrook Hall in the green belt, both factors that presented significant challenges from a planning perspective. The barn also contained brown long eared bats which are a European protected species.

These issues were overcome by a well thought-out design which didn’t seek to over-domesticate the barn’s appearance and a strong planning case (reuse of a redundant barn into a sustainable use, provision of a new high-quality dwelling and securing the future of a nationally important heritage asset). The issue of the bats was mainly overcome following advice from expert ecologists, but PWA were able to assist in procuring the necessary license from Natural England. All of this was carried out in a timely manner to ensure the client could start works at the earliest opportunity.

Major mixed-use sports and commercial scheme


Project overview

Client: Mill Farm Ventures
Location:   Wesham
Sector: Sports Stadia, Industrial and Commercial
Project status:  In progress

PWA Planning was a key player in the submission of a major mixed-use sports and commercial development proposal in the Fylde coast.
Acting on behalf of landowners and promoters Mill Farm Ventures, PWA prepared, lodged and led the planning process in connection with a hybrid planning application for the 12 hectare site.


What we did


The scheme proposes a new stadium for AFC Fylde, a community sports facility, together with a major employment development, Aldi neighbourhood store and other complementary uses, including hotel, petrol filling station, public house and restaurant.

Working closely with officers of the council, as well as the key partners in the scheme, PWA was able to move from the pre-application stage to the full application proposals within a matter of months. A complex major scheme, the application was supported by a plethora of technical information; all of which was co-ordinated by PWA Planning.

Following months of detailed negotiations, planning permission was granted for the development in spring 2014. Since that time PWA has continued to work closely with the client and design team to negotiate amendments to the scheme and discharge of planning conditions, as well as diversion of rights of way and other associated planning matters.

PWA will be continuing to work closely with officers of Fylde Council and the client to see the delivery of this development during 2016 and beyond.

Scunthorpe United stadium

Stadium and mixed-use development for Scunthorpe United


Scunthorpe United stadium

Project overview

Client: Scunthorpe United Football Club
Location: Lincolnshire Lakes, Scunthorpe
Sector: Sports stadia
Project status: In progress

PWA Planning submitted a hybrid planning application on behalf of Scunthorpe United Football Club for a mixed-use sports development including a new 12,000 all seater stadium for the club at Lincolnshire Lakes, Scunthorpe.


What we did


The planning application was submitted to North Lincolnshire Council on behalf of the football club in 2014. Working to an extremely challenging timescale, PWA Planning led on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), managing consultant inputs, and ensuring potential effects were addressed with suitable mitigation.

The key components of the development were:

  • 12,000 person capacity stadium including ancillary club facilities
  • 94 bedroom hotel
  • Gymnasium
  • Outdoor training football pitch
  • New access and site access roads, car parking and associated infrastructure
    Landscaping and drainage

Outline planning permission was also sought for a multi-use indoor arena with an indoor football pitch and a range of outdoor grass community football pitches.

Complex negotiations led by PWA Planning resulted in the application being presented to planning committee in April 2015 with a recommendation for approval. Planning permission was granted, subject to legal agreement with an almost unanimous vote for the scheme.

Petrol and retail station in Lancashire


Project overview

Client:   A&F Investment Group
Location:   Garstang
Sector: Industrial and Commercial
Project status:  In progress

PWA Planning were retained in connection with the proposed redevelopment of Churchtown Service Station, Churchtown, Garstang.


What we did


A&F Investment Group operates various retail petroleum and convenience stores across the North West.

PWA advised on proposals to redevelop the existing Churchtown filling station in order to improve the quality of services available to customers. This included the replacement of dated petrol station pumps along with an increase in the scale of the retail shop, so that it could offer coffee shop, food outlet and office and storage facilities.

Challenges that were overcome through detailed pre-application and post-submission negotiations with the planners included; retail impact issues associated with the increased retail offer, loss of amenity to existing residents from increased activity, design of the new proposals and in particular highways related concerns. Each issue was pre-empted by PWA Planning and, through detailed application submissions, was satisfactorily resolved.

Change of use for café and restaurant in Chorley


Project overview

Client:   Rosie Posies Sandwich Bar
Location:   Chorley, Lancashire
Sector: Industrial and Commercial
Project status:   Completed

PWA Planning secured planning consent for a change of use of a former office building to a café restaurant in Chorley town centre.


What we did


PWA Planning advised a mother and daughter team who were hoping to establish a new café and restaurant within Chorley town centre. Initial feedback from the planning authority was not supportive, based on emerging retail and town centre planning policies and employment land supply issues, as well as challenging site constraints. Although small in scale, the submissions required responses on sequential testing and town centre protection policies. Skilled negotiations and strong planning arguments convinced the planning authority to support the proposal, despite their initial scepticism. Following the successful completion of negotiations, a positive planning approval and satisfaction of planning conditions, ‘Rosie Posies’ opened in 2015.


What our client said

“Thanks to PWA Planning my dream of running a café and sandwich bar with my daughter came true. I was always confident from the outset that Paul would get us the planning permission we needed because he was so knowledgeable in planning procedures. He always kept us informed at every stage and I cannot thank him enough for the support he gave me and my daughter throughout this very stressful time.”
Mrs S Brown, Proprietor

Betting shops for BETSID


Project overview

Client: The Rigby Organisation
Location: Various
Sector: Industrial and Commercial
Project status: Completed

PWA Planning has assisted BETSID in gaining planning permission for a number of sites across Lancashire, for change of use from office / retail premises into betting shops.


What we did


A number of vacant retail units have been brought back into use through change of use to betting shops by the locally-based betting office operator BETSID. PWA Planning took advantage of recent changes to the ‘permitted development’ regulations which allowed for a temporary change of use to betting office for a two year period. This has allowed planning authorities and local residents to get used to the new facilities. PWA Planning then followed up to make the schemes permanent.

The various approvals have ensured considerable new investment into several prominent town centre sites, which in most cases were previously vacant. Each site has brought its planning challenges, often related to loss of retail function and impact of proposed development, but despite this PWA has achieved a 100 per cent success rate.


What our client said

“Betsid Ltd has worked with PWA Planning for almost two years. During this time they have successfully undertaken four successful applications for change of use to a licensed betting office. PWA has the knowledge and expertise to complete a quick and trouble-free application in a difficult and highly scrutinised class. We look forward to working with them again in the near future”
Paul Kirby, operations manager, BETSID

Headquarters building for transport company


Project overview

Client:   GBA Services
Location:   Tarleton, Lancashire
Sector: Industrial and Commercial
Project status:   TBC

PWA Planning was retained to co-ordinate the planning process in connection with the redevelopment of the former Bay Leaf public house site on the edge of Tarleton, to provide GBA Services with a new state-of-the-art headquarters building.


What we did


Following the continued growth of GBA Services, as one of the UK’s most successful dedicated transport solutions providers, PWA Planning advised on proposals to create a new bespoke headquarters office building. A desire to stay within the Tarleton and Hesketh Bank areas meant that opportunities for new-build were limited. Eventually, the company settled on a highly visible site on the edge of Tarleton, but within the green belt.

The challenge for the design team, and in particular PWA Planning was, against the strong green belt protection policies, to seek to negotiate planning consent for a new building which was considerably larger than the building it replaced. PWA undertook detailed pre-application negotiations with the local planning authority and the subsequent planning application was supported by detailed arguments related to the “very special circumstances” associated with the proposal which allowed normal green belt policy to be put aside in favour of the development. Visual impact, heritage issues, design quality and most importantly local economic issues, were advanced in support of the proposals.

Barrowbrook Business Park

Convenience retail store and fast food restaurants


Barrowbrook Business Park

Project overview

Client: Euro Garages
Location: Clitheroe, Lancashire
Sector: Industrial and Commercial
Project status: Planning stage

PWA planning was commissioned by fast-growing forecourts operator Euro Garages to submit an outline planning application for the development of two drive through restaurants and a food retail store on the existing Barrowbrook Business Park, adjacent to the A59 on the outskirts of Clitheroe.


What we did


This site within the business park already benefited from extant planning permission for the construction of a self-storage warehouse and ancillary office facilities. However, this development held little prospect of commencing in the future leaving the land vacant and unused.

PWA Planning was brought on board to put forward a compelling case for an alternative and viable use for the site, successfully demonstrating the potential for significant job creation under the proposals for two drive-through restaurants and food retail store.

The proposals will help to ensure a mixed, balanced and sustainable economy for the business village and the wider area, and the intended use is expected to weather well against existing and future economic trends. A full planning application is currently being developed for the project following positive feedback from the planning officers.

Former Duke of York

Retail store and apartments on former pub site


Former Duke of York

Project overview

Client: Whittle Estates Ltd
Location: Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley
Sector: Industrial and Commercial
Project status: Planning stage

On behalf of Whittle Estates Ltd, PWA Planning submitted a planning application for a retail store and four apartments on the site of the former Duke of York public house, Chorley Old Road, Whittle-le-Woods.


What we did


The site was designated under as a settlement area within the Chorley Local Plan. However, there was an area of existing open space to the north including two Areas of Safeguarded Land, as well as two notable strategic housing sites located within the surrounding area.

The siting of the proposed development was chosen carefully to minimise the impact on visual amenity and the environment, with great care being given to design a scheme which works with the existing topography and built features.

The planning statement prepared by PWA Planning required a rigorous and exhaustive look at all of the planning policies relevant to the land uses within this area of Chorley, and also their relevance and consistency to the National Planning Policy Framework.

PWA Planning prepared and commissioned technical reports to support the application, with particular emphasis on the merits of the scheme and its positive impacts on the surrounding environment.

Luxury hotel in Cumbria


Project overview

Client: The Villa Limited
Location: Brettargh Holt, Levens, Kendal
Sector: Hotels and Leisure (Other)
Project status: In progress

PWA Planning secured full planning permission for a change of use of a former residential institution to create a hotel, restaurant, function and conference facility and manager’s living accommodation in Cumbria.


What we did


PWA Planning was retained by The Villa Group to provide planning and development advice in connection with the conversion of the historic Brettargh Holt, which was originally built as a Victorian country residence in 1875, into a luxury hotel, with wedding, function and conferencing facilities.

PWA Planning, working alongside experienced architects FWP, prepared a robust planning application which responded to the challenges of the development and the historic site and building. Promoting the exemplary track record of the Villa Group in delivering high quality hotel development, PWA were able to reassure South Lakeland District Council of the overall benefits of the scheme to the local economy. Permission was granted in 2014 and the conversion work is well underway, with the site to be known as The Villa at Levens. It is anticipated the facility will be open to the general public in late 2015 and will undoubtedly become one of the premier hotel and wedding venues in the South Lakes area.


What our client said

“PWA Planning used its considerable expertise and experience to respond to the planning challenges presented by Brettargh Holt. Matters were dealt with quickly and effectively, allowing the scheme to progress to construction without delay. I can highly commend PWA on an exemplary service.”
Simon Rigby, CEO, The Rigby Organisation, owners of Villa Group

New office headquarters for an international business


Project overview

Client: EG Group
Location: Blackburn
Sector: Industrial and commercial
Project status: Planning approved


What we did


PWA Planning helped secure planning permission for a major new commercial development in Blackburn that will act as the new HQ for international forecourts operator EG Group.

PWA Planning worked with EG Group to secure planning permission for its new office building, along with two adjacent drive-through restaurants.

The scheme, close to the business’ existing offices on the Beehive Trading Park, is expected to create around 300 jobs, 260 of them full-time posts.

The three-storey building, on a vacant site next to Fishmoor Reservoir at Haslingden Road, enjoys views over the reservoir. The offices will have an internal area of 8,335 square metres and feature private and open-plan offices, meeting and conference facilities, a staff canteen, external terraces and balconies.

The site will deliver new economic growth opportunities in line with Blackburn with Darwen Council’s aspirations for the wider allocated Waterside employment site.
PWA worked closely with EG Group, officers at the council and other local stakeholders to secure a positive planning outcome.


What our client said

“This new development will support our continued plans for expansion while allowing us to keep our HQ in Blackburn. Not only does this benefit our existing staff, it will support our aspirations to create new jobs in the town.”

Zuber Issa, CEO of Euro Garages

90 new homes in Halton, Lancaster


Project overview

Client: Story Homes
Location: Lancaster
Sector: Residential
Project status: Planning approved


What we did


PWA Planning gained outline planning consent for 90 dwellings on a site near Lancaster that was not allocated for housing within the Lancaster local plan. This required detailed consultation with the local authority and other stakeholders.

PWA Planning was retained by Story Homes to progress an outline planning application for 90 dwellings at a site in Halton, Lancaster. The agricultural land was not allocated for housing within the Lancaster local plan. The challenge was therefore to demonstrate the proposed scheme represented sustainable development and was acceptable in light of the council’s lack of a 5-year housing land supply. This was achieved through the submission of a robust planning statement and ongoing discussions with the council.

PWA was responsible for the public consultation process, including an open evening to inform local residents about the scheme. PWA collated feedback which fed into the proposed scheme and was reported in the Statement of Community Involvement which PWA prepared.

Working with Story Homes, PWA negotiated the S106 contributions, including affordable housing provision, education contributions and playing pitch improvements for use by the local community.

In addition, the development included a substantial amount of public open space which is something that local residents were keen to see. The application went before planning committee with a recommendation for approval and was approved unanimously by members in May 2017. Since then a Reserved Matters application for the scheme has been approved.


What our client said

“Story Homes would highly recommend PWA Planning. They provided a professional, efficient service helping Story bring forward a sensitive site in advance of anticipated timescales.”

Martin Nugent, Land and Planning Associate, Story Homes

New hotel and conferencing facilities


Project overview

Client: Monte Blackburn Ltd
Location: Blackburn
Sector: Industrial and commercial
Project status: Planning approved


What we did


PWA Planning helped Monte Blackburn Ltd gain planning consent for a 150-bedroom hotel and associated conferencing and banqueting facilities as part of its wider Frontier Park development.

The 90-acre Frontier Park site is on the Blackburn and Hyndburn border and had been an undeveloped strategic site for the around 15 years before being acquired by Monte Blackburn, the private development company of EG Group founders Zuber and Moshin Issa.

The development is set to create up to 2,000 new jobs in the area with around one million sq ft of industrial and warehouse space, a petrol forecourt and retail operation and with drive-through restaurants.

Having already provided planning advice for the petrol and forecourt retail operation, PWA Planning was instructed to manage the planning application for the hotel, conferencing and banqueting part of the development and its associated car parking and landscaping works.

Exo Park

Sports-led green technology hub for Ecotricity


Exo Park

Project overview

Client: Ecotricity
Location: Stroud, Gloucestershire
Sector: Sports Stadia, Industrial and Commercial
Project status: Planning submitted

PWA planning was retained to advise Ecotricity on proposals for a sports-led, green technology centre close to the M5 at Stroud. To be known as Eco Park, the development comprises a sports complex, including transport hub with park and ride, green technology hub and nature conservation area. The principal aspect of the development will be the sports complex, which will be the new home of Forest Green Rovers Football Club. This will be supported and complemented by the green technology hub that will act as an exemplar business and commercial site. A nature conservation area will be implemented to ensure an enhancement of biodiversity across the site as a whole. It is anticipated that the proposed development could create up to 3,900 full time jobs with estimated construction costs of up to £100 million.


What we did


PWA Planning prepared and submitted an outline planning application for the proposed development. As part of this instruction, PWA undertook Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening and scoping and have co-ordinated the preparation of a detailed Environmental Statement (ES) to support the planning application. The application submissions are also supported by a comprehensive planning statement which responds to planning policy and development management issues associated with the proposed development.


What our client said

“Eco Park is going to be a place where green businesses and technology companies come together and share ideas, a real focal point of creativity and innovation for the area – and a part of the green industrial revolution that’s beginning to take off around the world.”

Dale Vince, OBE, Ecotricity founder

Hotel, leisure and retail scheme at Grade 2 listed mill site


Project overview

Client: Stanton Andrews Limited / Emporia Leisure
Location: Clitheroe, Lancashire
Sector: Industrial and Commercial
Project status: Planning consent secured / Development in progress

PWA Planning advised Stanton Andrews on a number of planning aspects of this mixed-use scheme which is seeing the redevelopment of the historic Holmes Mill into a hotel, restaurant, brewery and taps, function rooms, office, gym, spa and retail units.


What we did


Lancashire-based architects Stanton Andrews led this this exciting £10m scheme on behalf of Emporia Leisure, owner of Bowland Brewery and James’ Places, the regional hotel chain which owns and manages numerous historic properties.

PWA Planning was brought in to assist Charles Stanton of Stanton Andrews in getting this job ‘over the line’ in the final deliberations with the local authority on the drafting of the planning conditions specific to this ambitious scheme.

The development, of almost 100,000 sq ft, will breathe new life into the mill, which dates back to 1823, and is expected to create around 150 new jobs.
Bowland Brewery relocated into one of the mill buildings on site two years ago. The new brewery installation, which is four times the size of the existing, is being relocated into the redeveloped scheme.

The new beer hall at the site opened in July 2016 and the rest of the development will be opening in the coming months.


What our client said

“This multi-million-pound development will make a significant beneficial impact on the town’s economy as well as bringing long disused heritage assets back into productive use. We’re grateful to PWA Planning for their specialist advice that allowed us to secure this important planning consent and go ahead with the development.”

Charles Stanton, director, Stanton Andrews Limited

Urgent care centre for NHS in Lancashire


Project overview

Client: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location: Chorley
Sector: Healthcare
Project status: Planning approved

PWA planning was appointed to advise Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the development of a new extension to the Chorley and South Ribble Hospital to provide a new out-of-hours primary care centre.


What we did


The Chorley urgent care centre will function as an alternative service for patients arriving at the hospital but whose condition does not warrant admission to the accident and emergency department of the hospital. Co-located alongside the accident and emergency department it will ensure that patients are offered treatment appropriate to their conditions, either primary or emergency care.

PWA worked alongside architects FWP to respond to the constraints of developing a large extension within the confines of an existing hospital site. PWA prepared a detailed planning application addressing all relevant issues raised at pre-application stage with the planning officers.

With the support of case officers at Chorley Council, planning permission was achieved in record time to ensure that the development could commence without delay. On behalf of the trust, PWA Planning addressed planning conditions, including detailed parking and travel planning requirements with a minimum of cost and delay.


What our client said

“PWA remain our ‘go to’ planning consultants for our healthcare and other significant development projects. They have a strong reputation and are well liked by our clients and provide close support to our team, with their in-depth knowledge of the planning system and process.”
Seb Salisbury, project architect, FWP Group

Energy storage project in London’s green belt


Project overview

Client: Harmony Energy Storage
Location: London, Borough of Havering
Sector: Energy
Project status: Planning approved


What we did


PWA Planning has helped gain a planning consent for an innovative energy storage project in London’s green belt.

Working on behalf of Harmony Energy Storage, PWA Planning advised on a planning application for a 49.5MW energy storage facility on land at Clay Tye Farm, Upminster.

The scheme, in London borough of Havering just inside the M25, would connect to the nearby Warley National Grid electricity substation, providing vital grid balancing services to help manage supply and demand.

The scheme was one of a number energy storage projects around the UK for which PWA Planning has advised Harmony Energy Storage. PWA Planning was able to put forward a robust planning submission which demonstrated the overwhelming benefits of the project and addressed concerns over size and scale of the development, and the impact on the openness of the green belt.

Despite previous applications for renewable energy schemes on the land being turned down, the proposed scheme was approved at committee.


What our client said

“We’re delighted to receive planning permission on our largest energy storage site. Louise and her team at PWA have delivered an excellent service throughout the process.”

Peter Kavanagh, director, Harmony Energy Storage

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