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
Obtained full
planning permission

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.


Acting for Larkfleet Homes

Marrons Planning acted for Larkfleet Homes on a residential development at Upwood Road, Bury, Huntingdonshire.

The team successfully secured full planning permission in May 2019 for a 92 dwelling residential scheme with a good level of open space and associated landscaping and infrastructure.  The site was an unallocated greenfield site outside of the settlement boundary and, despite this, Marrons Planning consistently argued for its inclusion during the Local Plan examination process and, through proactive working with the Local Planning Authority, secured Planning Committee approval for the scheme prior to the adoption of the plan.

The client was delighted with the outcome as securing permission for an unallocated site when the LPA has a well progressed local plan was always going to be a challenge but through our good relationship with the planning team at the council and skilful negotiation on behalf of the client, they were persuaded to allow this scheme.  Ultimately the scheme was also praised at the planning committee for its high-quality design.

Our colleagues in the legal planning team at Shakespeare Martineau advised on the section 106 considerations on this development.

The Marrons Planning team provided a significant amount of assistance to Larkfleet Homes in achieving – against the odds – the grant of planning permission for 92 new family homes at Bury in Huntingdonshire. Their commercial and planning input throughout site design and determination of the planning application was invaluable and we continue to work closely with the Marrons Planning Team on a number of further residential development projects.

David Morris, Senior Land Manager, Larkfleet Homes

92 dwelling
residential scheme
Legal & Town
Secured planning
committee approval



Managing relationships with the local planning authority

UK fleet management giant proves Bruntingthorpe is the place to be.

Bruntingthorpe is a 660-acre site, and a unique asset and a key piece of knowledge infrastructure for the regional economy. The 3.2km runway is one of the longest in the UK and provides the spine for a 6.5km vehicular circuit. The site provides a base for technical testing, innovation, R&D and events across a range of sectors.

Marrons Planning manages the relationship with the local planning authority for the client and provides planning consultancy advice on a series of projects. Recent planning permissions secured for the client at Bruntingthorpe include a 60,000 sq. ft. manheim vehicle auction facility, a 58,000 sq. ft. vehicle refurbishment facilities, an aircraft recycling and storage facility (unique planning permission of its type in the UK), a 3,000 sq. ft. track monitoring facility and a 30,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose events and media centre and on-site residential worker accommodation.

The planning applications have included a large element of consultation with local communities as some aspects of the site and its developments, including increased traffic, noise from aircraft, and a large increase in vehicles passing through local villages has caused concern and resulted in much press interest

Managing all
planning applications
Largest UK
fleet operator

Community Engagement

Offering support and advice when engaging your local community in planning related matters and development opportunities.


Advising a planning
strategy for Pukka Pies

We were asked to advise on and devise a planning strategy to enable Pukka Pies to remain in the local area through expansion and improvement to their existing facility.

The Pukka Pies site has a significant number of physical constraints to growth, including a railway, highways and flood zone problems.

The growth site is located within Flood Zone 3 and is a historic backfilled quarry. Early engagement with the Environment Agency and the local planning authority led to the agreement on a strategy. A public exhibition was followed by an enabling planning application for the provision of drainage improvements (level changes), pedestrian linkages, biodiversity and landscape enhancements to the site. The first application was submitted and approved with conditions. A full planning application then followed for a 50,000 sq. ft. production facility associated offices (Use Classes B1, B2 and B8) together with associated landscaping, highway improvements, parking and servicing (including works to create an elevated plateau and flood attenuation).

This planning application was approved, subject to conditions and Marrons Planning is now in the process of preparing and submitting a number of Discharge of Condition applications in relation to planning permission to enable lawful commencement of development by Spring 2020.

Two planning
Full planning

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.