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Latest Planning Decision
In April 2021 PCL Planning Ltd secured planning permission for 171 dwellings in Highbridge on behalf of Barratt Homes Bristol and Bloor Homes South West. The application delivers land for a new school and a roundabout, both of which are critical infrastructure items, without which a wider urban extension could not be delivered. As a result of the costs associated with this infrastructure, after lengthy negotiation, it was agreed that the development could proceed without the inclusion of any affordable units.
Image courtesy of Focus on Design
Kingskerswell - RM
PCL Planning Ltd has secured Reserved Matters approval for 27 houses at Mount Pleasant Road, Kingskerswell. The application, submitted on behalf of Springfield Estates Ltd , was approved in January 2021. The site, allocated in the Local Plan for only 15 dwellings, faced a number of challenges that had previously resulted in a refusal and dismissed appeal. The revised submission successfully overcame these challenges.
Plan courtesy of GJR Architects
Wolborough Barton, Newton Abbot
We are pleased that the Secretary of State has concurred with our conclusion that planning permission should be granted (in outline) for 1210 dwellings (C3), a primary school (D1), up to 12650 sq.m of employment floorspace (B1), two care homes (C2) providing up to 5500 sq.m of community facilities (D1), a local centre (A1/A3/A4/A5) providing up to 1250 sq.m of floorspace. Full permission was also granted for the change of use of existing agricultural buildings to hotel (C1), restaurant (A3) and bar/drinking establishment (A4) uses.
PCL Planning Ltd acted on behalf of the landowner.
Objectors to the development alleged (amongst other matters) harm to the South Hams SAC (by virtue of alleged impacts upon Greater Horseshoe Bats) and the Grade 1 Listed St Mary the Virgin Church. The evidence, and the decision, therefore dealt with matters of Appropriate Assessment and balancing the identified less than substantial harm to the heritage asset with the public benefits of the proposal.
The SoS found that the proposal was in accordance with the Development Plan (DP) and that the material considerations in the case indicated a decision in line with the DP. He also found that a request for funding made by the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (for £1,070,416) was not justified.
The SoS decision letter and Inspector's reasons are available upon request.
Latest Planning Decision
PCL Planning Ltd are pleased to have assisted Fragrance UK in securing planning permission for a 248-bedroom hotel, including spa and conference facilities, along with 38 dwellings at the former Palace Hotel, Torquay. The proposed hotel is a bold contemporary design and, once operational, will create 248 new jobs and a tourism expenditure of over £7 million per annum. The application faced a number of challenges, notably heritage and ecology, which were successfully overcome resulting in permission being granted at local level in February 2020.
Artists impression courtesy of Kaye Elliott Architects.