Project

Planning permission for Grade II listed building

The team acted for UCR Construction & Development Ltd in securing full planning permission and listed buildings consent for the conversion of a Grade II Listed Building.

The secured planning permission means that the Grade II listed building can be converted into 2 dwellings and the erection of eight new build dwellings on associated derelict and underutilised land in Sileby, Leicestershire.

The proposal secures a positive and sensitive enhancement of an important derelict Listed Building providing the desperately needed investment to bring it back into use and to fulfil its real value within the streetscene. The proposal also secures the sensitive reuse of the wider derelict site providing a cottage style development that enhances the character and appearance of that land and respects the historical context of the area.

Heritage advice on a
Grade II listed building
Planning
permission
Community
engagement

Heritage Advice

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

Strategic planning for waterside regeneration

Marrons Planning provided strategic planning advice for and co-ordinated the multi-disciplinary team on behalf of Charles Street Buildings Group for a £60million major mixed-use development in Leicester’s Waterside area (Great Central Square).

Marrons Planning advised the client and worked alongside Leicester City Council to assist in the regeneration of the eight-acre site which links the Waterside area to the City Centre.

The scheme was delivered in early 2020 and includes a new, vibrant quarter in the city centre and features two major hotels.
Marrons Planning prepared a pre-application enquiry and attendance at pre-application meetings with Leicester City Council as local planning authority and other key stakeholders. Marrons Planning’s role was co-ordinate and lead the project team.

The site had a significant number of constraints, including being partly situated on former railway sidings and Roman ruins, which were identified at the outset and involved (amongst others) the early appointment of ULAS Archaeological Services for one of the most significant programmes of pre-determination archaeological work carried out in the East Midlands (financed by Charles Street Buildings Group).

Marrons Planning identified and agreed with Leicester City Council the precise scope of reports to support a fit for purpose planning application, and co-ordinated the multi-disciplinary project team to ensure agreement with Council counterparts on required content.

This entailed multiple tenders required to complete the overall assembly of the planning application, and quality control of draft technical reports to ensure a competently prepared full planning application. Prior to submission of the planning application Marrons Planning requested a Screening Opinion from the local planning authority to establish if the application should be accompanied by an Environmental Assessment (EA).

The Local Authority shared Marrons Planning’s opinion that it was not required. Marrons Planning led the relationship with Leicester City Council. Planning permission was delivered in good time under delegated authority and Marrons Planning worked with the Council to manage the discharge of all conditions.

This required weekly liaison with the appointed contractors for part of the project (Morgan Sindall), the client (developer for the station refurbishment) and the LPA to deliver the single most significant regeneration investment in Leicester City in recent years.

Marrons Planning maintained a conditions tracker for the client and co-ordinated with multiple community, heritage, statutory and non-statutory organisations towards delivering a lawfully implementable planning permission, which is now also lawfully occupied following completion in March 2020.

Two planning
applications
Full planning
strategy
£30m
value
Highly commended in the category for Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy

The award for 'Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy' recognises projects that support and promote a successful prosperous economy.

On awarding Marrons Planning and Leicester City Council with the commendation the judges said:

"They were impressed by the development of this long standing brownfield site in the Leicester city centre. The project kept multiplier value in the local area by keeping the majority of investment within a 30 mile radius of the site and provided apprenticeships, employment and training. The judges were impressed by the community benefit of the project."

Commenting on the recognition, Brian Mullin, head of Marrons Planning, said:

"I'm absolutely thrilled that the team has been endorsed by our RTPI peers, especially at national level, and being up against some excellent projects. This achievement is a fantastic acknowledgement of the contribution that Marrons Planning and Leicester City Council has made to the city, as well as recognising the value of working partnerships with the public sector. "The team are worthy winners and we are all very proud of the positive difference our work makes to help transform local communities, environments and economies."

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

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
planning
Secured planning
committee approval

Planning