10 September 2014
Planning application for development in Hertfordshire
We have been instructed to secure planning permission for a major residential enabling development in Hertfordshire to cross-fund the improvement of the existing sports and education facilities at a major secondary school. More on this next month when the application is expected to be made. At the same time, we have provided planning feasibility advice on a planned solar farm in Sussex and a new data centre in Kent.  We are also in the advanced stages of applying for planning permission for a pyrolysis plant in Essex. Most recently, we have been instructed on a secondary school expansion scheme in North London.
5 August 2014
Planning permission granted for Barking Riverside
In a busy summer period, planning permission was granted unanimously by the LB Barking & Dagenham for a proposed all-through school at Barking Riverside. This will be one of the largest such schools in London and would take the form of a single, integrated learning campus comprising a 10 form entry secondary school (with sixth form), 3 form entry primary school and special education needs (SEN) school. In other news, we have also secured planning permission for the proposed conversion and extension of a former pub in Hendon into flats, which historical records suggest was the original site of a 15th Century Tudor Coaching Inn and another flatted development within the LB Hackney.
30 June 2014
Skateboard Ramps allowed in the Green Belt
In a landmark decision, we have succeeded in quashing an enforcement notice served by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Council alleging the erection of two interconnected half-pipe skateboard ramps each measuring 12m long, 6-7m wide and a maximum 3m high within the curtilage of a residential dwelling in the Green Belt. The Inspector accepted that as a matter of planning law the ramps constituted development (and not a change of use of the land as the Council had maintained) and despite being on private property, their wider local community use meant that they could be considered an ‘appropriate’ facility for outdoor sport and recreation in Green Belt policy terms. In allowing the appeal, the Inspector ruled that the ramps were not inappropriate development by virtue of Green Belt openness being preserved and there being no conflict with the purposes of including land in the Green Belt. He also attached significant weight to a novel and innovative management agreement aimed at regulating the ongoing use of the facility.
29 April 2014
Planning application submitted for Barking Riverside all-through school
RENEW Planning has been instructed in conjunction with Portakabin Group and Surface to Air Architects to submit a planning application for an all-through school (Riverside School) at Barking Riverside in East London. The school will take the form of a single, integrated learning campus comprising a 10 form entry secondary school (with sixth form), 3 form entry primary school, special education needs (SEN) school and nursery with associated informal areas of play, including Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAS) and an all-weather pitch. The overall child and staff population of the school will be in the region of 3,000. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has one of the fastest growing school age populations in the country and the school will meet an identified need for new education infrastructure in the area. The planning application is expected to be determined in the summer.