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.

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

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