Advising N&B Farming

The team advised N&B Farming (landowners) on a non allocated potential development site on the periphery of East Leake in Nottinghamshire.

A planning application for 235 dwellings and a new primary school was proposed. The planning application was refused by Rushcliffe Borough Council.

The client instructed Marrons Planning to coordinate, prepare and submit an appeal against the decision.

Following a two day hearing that scrutinised housing supply, landscape/visual impact, education provision and connectivity, the team were successful in convincing the Inspector that the housing land supply in the borough was below five years with very limited prospects of recovery without granting consent for well-planned development on non-allocated sites. The Inspector was also content that the impacts of development were strongly outweighed by the benefits of new housing, including policy-compliant affordable housing provision.

Following this successful appeal, planning was granted and the site was sold to David Wilson Homes who are due to start on site imminently.

A new
primary school



Joint venture with
Blockwork LLP

Marrons Planning has acted for Blocwork LLP a joint venture including Network Rail, the current owners of the development site, fronting onto Queen’s Road in Nottingham and backing onto a railway line.

The development of 348 studios, one, two and three-bedroom properties is a build to rent scheme which has been granted full planning permission. The application granted is for the demolition of the existing buildings on the site, the construction of the new build apartments and ancillary residential facilities, car and cycle parking, public realm improvements and a commercial unit on the ground floor for flexible A1, A3, D1 and D2 use. Heritage considerations are key to the evolution of the scheme.

This is a strategically important development for Nottingham, not only in that it is a large build to rent scheme but local employment and training opportunities will result and further discussions are underway with the client to secure the delivery of these opportunities through working with the council’s Employer Hub. As part of the planning approval process, careful consideration was given to the proximity of the railway station from a noise and amenity perspective, alongside the heritage considerations.

Future-proofing the development was a key consideration regarding the emerging changes in the city’s infrastructure and in particular the proposed wider road network changes due to the redevelopment of the Broadmarsh centre over the coming years


Planning Appraisals & Strategies