De Pol were appointed by a private client to advise them on development options for 5 hectare site on the urban/rural fringe of Warrington, Cheshire within the designated greenbelt. Following our advice, the client decided to progress an application for a bespoke forestry management facility to assist her aspiration to establish a forestry business focussed on the management and renewal of tree stock, to provide timber supplies for woodland craft, fencing and firewood.
De Pol assembled the project team and helped the client to evolve the proposals, which are thought to be the first of its kind in the authority area. The scheme also included appropriate management and thinning of woodland and installation of new tree stock, which over its lifetime see the planting of up to 30,000 new trees. Permission was approved after only 28 days and preparations are being made to start work on site.
Key to De Pol’s success was keeping up to date on changes in planning legislation which allowed the client to obtain permission via a prior notification procedure in the planning acts. There is quiet but growing support evident in central government for planning proposals that contribute to the reduction of climate change and provide opportunities for sustainable local businesses. The application received the backing from the local Parish Council following their visit to the site.
De Pol were congratulated by Jonathan Cocking of Director JCA Associates who said of the scheme “Warrington and the surrounding area is a region where much of the forestry culture of previous years has been almost completely lost. However there is a rapid movement towards small operation woodland products and many relatively local woodland craft shows are on the rise. Development opportunities such as this play an important role in starting to revive this almost lost culture.”