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Laura Hayes

Laura Hayes has written 3 posts

  • 07 Apr
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    The Silk Works, Invicta House Submission

    NJL has submitted a full planning application for the redevelopment of existing offices in Manchester City Centre to provide 50,000 sq ft of new office accommodation. On behalf of our clients Henry Boot Developments Ltd and Invicta Manchester Ltd, the proposed development branded The Silk Works will provide much needed new office floorspace across 8 storeys incorporating the existing Invicta House Victorian façades on Atkinson Street and Scott Place. The ground floor will provide the opportunity for a coffee shop or kiosk to be established, alongside amenity space for occupiers.

    Invicta House is a Victorian building with local heritage significance located within the Deansgate/ Peter Street Conservation Area.  As such, the project has been a complex heritage case that has been subject to close liaison and consultation between NJL, Northmill Associates, Historic England and Manchester City Council.  The scheme has been revised and tailored throughout the pre-application period to reflect comments received from key stakeholders.  From this NJL has developed a positive working relationship with the Council, Historic England and the project team.

  • 07 Mar
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    Residential Roundup - A Developer's Guide

    It’s time to roundup the hottest topics in the wonderful world of residential development. Just what has caused the most ruckus in recent government policy releases I hear you say? Well allow me to review.

    In January 2016 an amendment suggested at the third reading of the Housing and Planning Bill, by planning minister Brandon Lewis, would allow planning applications to be processed by ‘alternative providers’ if it receives Royal Ascent. These alternative providers would be assessed and pre-qualified by the government or local authority (LA), meeting certain rigorous criterion, to be capable of setting up shop as third party planning application processors. The notion behind such an idea is to alleviate the administrative pressure currently experienced by LA planners, therefore freeing up resources for determining planning applications faster within stifled public sector planning departments.

  • 18 Dec
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    The weight of emerging Neighbourhood Plans: from application to appeal

    In February this year, we reported on a number of major planning applications that had been refused and dismissed at appeal amidst perceived concerns that the proposed developments would conflict with emerging Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs). 

    In this blog, new Graduate Planner Laura Hayes has revisited the case to see if the emerging NDP has had lasting weight in the long term considering a development decision.

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