B&M Retail – National Logistics Centre

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Wixams

Location: Wixams, Bedford

Client:  B&M Retail

Numbers:

  • £70m build project
  • 50-acre site
  • 1 million sq.ft single unit logistics centre
  • 1,800 employees

Features:

  • Complex development site in urban extension area

Issues:

  • Large scale site with a single proposed unit
  • Landscape and visual impact issues regarding wider impacts
  • Shared access and cumulative impact issues with additional logistics unit next door
  • Sustainable access requirements for new work force
  • Fast turnaround needed to meet national logistics pressures for leading UK retail client

Summary of NJL Approach:

NJL provided strategic planning advice on how best to achieve a detailed consent on the site as quickly as possible whilst reducing the risk of refusal or deferral. Detailed early discussions with the Local Authority set a clear series of actions and NJL project managed a wide series of technical inputs to bring the application forward earlier than expected.

 Outcome:

Planning consent was achieved within 6 months of commencing the project. NJL were then retained to discharge all pre-start and pre-occupation conditions with follow up technical details as required to ensure that the contracted start on site could occur and stay on programme.