End of 2014 Success
Towards the end of 2014 NJL Consulting had a string of successful planning decisions on complex projects across commercial, retail and residential sectors.
Firstly, planning permission was secured for the Momentum Business Centre@South Rings on behalf of Roundhouse Momentum Developments Ltd. The scheme comprises 5,444 sq.m of employment space in 43 units in the South Rings area of Bamber Bridge, near Preston. These units will be offered on flexible terms to promote small and expanding local businesses that can operate as Use Class B1, B2 or B8. South Ribble recently topped an assessment of job creation in the North West by international auditors Grant Thornton, outperforming both Liverpool and Manchester. The success of the South Rings area is a key reason for this position and this planning consent will allow this area to continue to support local business growth and job creation. Place North West published an article on the scheme earlier this month.
In quick succession, approval was secured from Rossendale Borough Council’s Planning Committee on behalf of a major developer to widen the range of goods that can be sold from the c.6,000 sq.m New Hall Hey Retail Park in Rawtenstall, Lancashire. The approval widens a restrictive bulky goods planning consent so that one unit at the Retail Park has an open retail consent and the rest of the Retail Park has open retail consent, except food. New Hall Hey Retail Park has been vacant since it was constructed in 2010 and is a key regeneration priority for the local area. The planning approval achieved will enable occupiers to be secured for the Retail Park so that this prominent vacant site can, at long last, be brought into use.
And finally, a week before the start of the Christmas hiatus, a residential planning application, submitted on behalf of Bridge Properties, for up to 22 homes in the village of Hankelow in Cheshire was granted permission by Cheshire East Council. The scheme is located on the edge of an attractive village and will see the redevelopment of a former industrial site to provide a mix of both market and affordable homes, contributing to Cheshire East’s acknowledged need for additional homes. The scheme received great support from Hankelow Parish Council, who were involved throughout the preparation of the application, showing a great interest and responding positively and proactively to our client’s ideas for the site. The Parish Council’s involvement was crucial and they thanked NJL and Bridge Properties for the way in which the application was undertaken.
With a strong pipeline of projects, we look forward to further successes in 2015. If you have any projects which we may be able to assist with please do not hesitate to get in touch.