Seddon: The Greyhound, Cheadle

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A planning application delivering 12 new houses at the site of a former public house in Cheadle, on behalf of Westby Homes and Seddon Construction Ltd.

Westby Homes and Seddon Construction Ltd instructed NJL to prepare and manage a planning application proposing residential development at the site of the former Greyhound Public House in Cheadle, Cheshire.

Overcoming the Challenges

NJL worked closely with the project team to assemble and submit the planning application to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, preparing a Planning Statement, Design and Access Statement, Sustainability Statement and Affordable Housing Statement in-house.  Despite the Council’s policy stipulating that affordable housing would be required at the site, the Affordable Housing Statement set out why the localised housing market within the vicinity of the site meant that this would be inappropriate.  The Council accepted this position, delivering a significant saving for the client.

NJL were also able to use their expertise in sustainability to provide a policy compliant 15% reduction in carbon emissions compared to 2010 Building Regulations using a ‘fabric first’ approach.  This solution saved money while also ensuring that the buildings will be developed to appropriate environmental standards.

Following submission of the planning application, NJL liaised with the case officer and highways department on behalf of the client, advising the architect on design amendments that would improve the scheme.

Positive Result

The proposals were determined at the Cheadle Area Committee in late 2013 who voted unanimously in favour of the application, recognising the hard work and effort that went into ensuring the scheme was mutually acceptable.

Steve Carnes, Land and Development Director at Westby Homes, said “Paul Smith and Justine Entezari at NJL are complete professionals.  They took control of the case at the outset and made sure it was effortless on our part, dealing with all the issues which were raised by the LPA. They provided all the supporting documentation and gave sound advice throughout which led to a robust planning application being determined positively within the shortest period of time”.