Eden Boys School

PWA helps gain planning consent for a free school in Preston

Building work on a new multi-million pound school project in Preston will begin soon after planning consent for a free school was given by Preston City Council.

The 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.
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Planning approval for equestrian lifestyle centre in Cheshire

Planning approval has been granted by Cheshire West and Chester Council for equestrian facilities at Fosshey Stud and Stables in Antrobus, Cheshire.

PWA Planning acted on behalf of Mr and Mrs Tinker of Fosshey Hanoverian Stud and Stables and has secured planning permission for an equestrian lifestyle centre to help support a successful local business.
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PWA helps with plans for £100m Eco Park

PWA Planning has submitted plans on behalf of green energy company Ecotricity for the creation of a £100m Eco Park in Gloucestershire.

The development, on a 40 hectare site next to junction 13 of the M5, would see the creation of a sports complex, including a new 5,000 capacity stadium for Forest Green Rovers, a ‘green technology’ employment hub, and a nature conservation area. Continue reading “PWA helps with plans for £100m Eco Park”

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PWA wins approval for Preston tram pilot

Plans to create a tramway pilot project in Preston have been given the green light.

The plans, which will see a stretch of the former Longridge to Preston railway line reinstated in Deepdale, were approved by Preston City Council’s planning committee today (November 10).

The plans were first tabled back in 2010, but faced a series of rejections at planning committee. Lancashire-based planning consultancy PWA Planning was brought in earlier this year to advise applicant Preston Trampower on achieving a successful planning consent and a new planning application was submitted in April 2016.

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Plans approved for new homes in Levenshulme

PWA Planning has secured planning consent on behalf of developer Mulbury for a housing development that will transfrom a derelict site in Levenshulme, Greater Manchester.

The site of the former Atlas Engineering Works in Chapel Street will be transformed into a development of 64 new homes after plans were approved by Manchester City Council on January 12.

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Why planning advice is vital for growing businesses

Almost every aspect of expanding a business’s operational footprint involves a requirement for planning advice. Paul Walton, a director at North West planning consultants PWA Planning, explains why it’s important to build planning advice into your growth strategy.

Most business owners wouldn’t think twice about taking architectural, legal or financial advice about developing their premises, or relocating.

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Building on green belt land: Is it viable for your development?

The often emotive issue of green belt development has again roused sensitives following a landmark court ruling. But will the latest judgement make it easier to build on green belt land? Paul Walton, director at PWA Planning, examines the broader picture.

A major judgment by the Court of Appeal has far-reaching implications for housing developers looking at potential opportunities to build on green belt land.

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Is it time to rename the bungalow?

The word ‘bungalow’ evokes images of elderly communities, far removed from lively homes on modern developments. But single storey homes are vital to the housing mix and perhaps we should look at more up-to-date ways of describing them. Daniel Hughes, senior planner at PWA Planning examines the issues.

England needs more bungalows – that’s official. According to housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis more single storey homes are urgently required. The logic is that by enabling late middle-aged and elderly ‘empty nesters’ to downsize to bungalows, greater numbers of larger houses will be freed up for families.

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Do I need to include starter homes in my development?

The Starter Homes initiative has again been defeated in the House of Lords, but the government is unlikely to concede defeat. Paul Walton explains the implications for developers.

The government’s flagship Starter Homes scheme faces an uphill struggle after being voted down yet again in the House of Lords.

Labour, Liberal Democrat and crossbench peers want to water-down the controversial scheme that would see 20 per cent of homes in new developments being made available at a 20 per cent discount to first-time buyers aged under 40.

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Free school planning permission – How easy is it?

Radical reforms mean people wanting to open free schools can bypass traditional planning consent. However, the changes have often met with stiff opposition. Recent High Court decisions may give more encouragement to those seeking to establish free schools. PWA Planning director, Paul Walton, explains more.

Broad ranging planning rules enable free schools to open in virtually any building for 12 months – and potentially permanently – without needing conventional planning permission.

The government’s measures are designed to allow free schools to convert empty or underused buildings and move quickly onto their site.

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Stadium planning: How to win public support

New stadium planning and development can be a contentious issue for fans and communities alike, not to mention local planning authorities. Planning expert Paul Walton assesses what sporting clubs can do to gain public support for stadium development.

History, tradition, identity and atmosphere are all words used by the fans to express their potential concern when their sporting club moots the possibility of a move to a new stadium, or reveals plans to knock down existing stands and start again.

It’s an issue that’s usually overcome if the club is able to effectively communicate the financial, operational and sporting performance benefits of moving stadium. After all, fans always want the best for their club.

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The forces shaping UK housebuilding in 2017

Paul Walton, a director at North West planning consultants PWA Planning, summarises the major policy announcements and other external factors that will shape housebuilding in 2017 and what opportunities this will bring for the development sector.

Another year, another housing crisis. Could 2017 be the year our leaders finally come up with a credible long-term plan for increasing the supply of new homes?

The irony is, we’ve had some of the best housebuilding data for years in the last few months, but we’re still not building enough homes to keep pace with population growth.

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