Project

Securing planning permission for Larkfleet homes

The team acted for Larkfleet Homes in securing outline planning permission for 340 dwellings plus land for a new primary school with associated play space, open space, landscaping and infrastructure with all matters reserved except for means of access and landscaping.

The site was an unallocated site outside the settlement boundary but it was considered that the provision of land for a new primary school, alongside new homes and associated economic benefits, outweighed any harm in principle. The application currently has a resolution to grant planning permission subject to completion of the section 106. Landscaping considerations were key to the evolution of this scheme.

As an applicant team, we have and continue to work hard with the Local Planning Authority, Local Education Authority and key stakeholders to assist delivery of a new school onsite that will secure the long-term sustainability of education provision in the village. We are working in conjunction with the Local Education Authority via the reserved matters process to ensure a cohesive scheme is brought forward that realises the delivery of a coordinated residential and school project.

340
dwellings
New primary
school
Demographic
intelligence

Planning Applications

For many people thinking about making changes to their land or property, permission from the council is often needed, but knowing exactly what you need to do and how you can apply can be complex. We can help you understand the entire planning process, estimate the likely planning application fees, as well as manage the communication with the council too.

Project

Delivering a transport hub fit for the future

The team at Marrons Planning has been working with Arcadis LLP on behalf of Leicester City Council on this high profile development since December 2019.

The project is the city centre redevelopment of the 1980’s rundown St Margarets Bus Station with associated landscaping and public realm works and is part of the St Margarets Gateway. The development is supported by a £10.5m allocation from the Getting Building Fund, a pot of government funding awarded to the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Limited (LLEP) for shovel-ready infrastructure projects to create jobs and support economic recovery across the country.

The city needed a transport hub that was fit for the 21st century and beyond. A hub that achieved a net zero carbon development that fulfilled the brief to deliver a confident architectural statement for the city and was sympathetic to the historic location within the city centre.

Our Solution

The experienced team at Marrons Planning worked collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary project team from Arcadis and the city council on all elements of the project:

  • providing planning feasibility advice
  • providing full planning consultancy services to prepare and manage the full planning application from submission to the granting of planning permission, associated demolition consent and a stopping up order
Key project milestones included:

The team obtained planning permission with no pre-commencement conditions attached. This has allowed construction works to commence on site and to stay on target for project delivery and opening of the new development in 2022.

By ensuring that much of the preliminary work was done at the start of the process and by working closely with each member of the consultant team, the Marrons Planning team ensured that all technical reports were signed-off by consultees during the application process with minimal delays.

The team achieved a balance between satisfying policy requirements for high quality design, landscaping and SuDS whilst ensuring that the project can be cost-effectively operated once delivered.

The Result

Instructions were issued to Marrons Planning in August 2020 and planning permission was granted in January 2021 to enable immediate commencement of construction works. The team demonstrated the breadth and depth of its capabilities by dedicating a team of experienced planners to the project.

The team worked collaboratively and efficiently with a range of other disciplines. The submission of the planning application and the obtaining of full planning permission was delivered within a very challenging timeframe.

The project team engaged post-submission to avoid pre-commencement conditions and worked with the Council and all technical consultees to expedite all details of flood mitigation, archaeology, ecology, ground investigations, future maintenance and operational constraints.

The target for construction delivery was extremely challenging and any delay would have derailed the project timescale.

The team’s heritage expertise was invaluable, ensuring those challenges were addressed early, preventing unnecessary delays and controlling costs.

The team’s close relationship and collaboration with the highways team at the Council and the promotion of public transport as part of the wider green agenda has delivered a highly sustainable key Transport Hub for the City of Leicester.

Multiple planning
services
Obtained full
planning permission
Cost-effective
project

Planning Applications

For many people thinking about making changes to their land or property, permission from the council is often needed, but knowing exactly what you need to do and how you can apply can be complex. We can help you understand the entire planning process, estimate the likely planning application fees, as well as manage the communication with the council too.

Project

Securing 4G Holdings full planning permission

A residential scheme in the heart of a city’s conservation area gets the go ahead.

Marrons Planning has helped 4G Holdings secure full planning permission for the conversion and refurbishment of an existing building, together with demolition of an adjoining single storey extension together with the erection of an eight storey residential scheme, to deliver 72 apartments in Leicester.

The existing building is a locally listed, non-designated heritage asset, while the site is situated within a conservation area but is also within the Waterside regeneration area. Heritage and design were key considerations in the evolution of that scheme but were successfully addressed and resolved.

This project is now to be brought forward as part of a combined scheme with a development on an adjacent site. The adjacent scheme comprises of 101 apartments together with two ground floor commercial units rising up to nine storeys and is an application which is currently awaiting planning approval. Both sites have major heritage issues that had to be addressed and overcome as it is adjacent to a Grade 1 listed C12th – C15th former church.

Heritage
solutions
180
residential units
£30m
project value

Heritage Advice