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

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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.