Project Description

De Pol were instructed as lead consultant by a joint partnership venture between British Sugar and Northern Trust. We successfully obtained outline planning permission for the mixed use redevelopment of a former sugar beet industrial site and adjacent farmland in the Shropshire countryside near Telford. The proposal included 470 dwellings, a primary school, business enterprise hub, retail units, doctors surgery with pharmacy, community allotments, sport and recreational facilities including a new pavilion, public open space and biodiversity enhancements.

We managed a multi-disciplinary project team of consultants based across the UK, led pre-application discussions with Council officers and attended public consultation events to refine the application before submitting it to Telford and Wrekin Council. Due to the significance of the application an Environmental Impact Assessment was submitted, with the application accompanied by a wide range of supporting assessments relating to matters such as ecology, highways, landscape, sustainability, viability, noise and vibration, air quality, agricultural land, ground conditions / contamination, archaeology, flood risk and drainage.

De Pol managed the application through to determination and despite a degree of conflict with the adopted Development Plan we demonstrated that the conflict was outweighed by other material considerations, including the sustainability of the development and the wide range of benefits on offer. As a result the Council resolved to grant outline planning permission. We also assisted our client with the production of the Head Of Terms for the required legal agreement, which included a reduction in affordable housing provision on viability grounds.