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10 August 2017
Acting on behalf of ESRG Developments, DPP Planning have secured permission for more than 360 new apartments to be built on a pair of derelict sites in Digbeth, Birmingham including one ravaged by fire two years ago.
DPP promoted two applications on neighbouring sites for re-development by ESRG, reflecting the aspirations of Birmingham Council’s ‘Big City Plan’, which aims to regenerate the area south of the city centre. Architects Whittam Cox developed the two schemes which reflect the industrial heritage of the area, whilst addressing the challenges of irregular shaped sites and overlooking neighbouring properties.
DPP Chief Executive Officer, Gareth Hooper said:
“These two applications have really tested the Council’s commitment to regenerating the area. The transition Digbeth is currently going through means that we had to work hard to demonstrate that a residential use was appropriate in a formerly industrial area. Overcoming the challenges of high density living, accessibility and viability meant that these consents pave the way for the further regeneration of the area.”
DPP are also progressing an application for a further 135 residential units in Digbeth and in pre-application discussions for another 150.
3 August 2017
National planning consultancy DPP have appointed a new senior planner, Jen Patterson, based in their Newcastle office.
Originally from Guildford, Jen has a degree in Planning and a Post Graduate diploma in Planning, both from Newcastle University.
Having worked in both public and private sectors, Jen brings to DPP, a wide range of experience with a variety of clients, and projects including rural diversification, renewable energy and both large and small scale commercial and residential.
Faith Folley, DPP’s Newcastle Director said “We are delighted to welcome Jen to the team, she brings with her great experience and additional knowledge to our ever-expanding portfolio of projects and clients in the North East. We have worked especially hard on growing our residential experience, notably with the recent approval of the landmark tower at Rutherford Street, Newcastle. Jen will be a great asset in driving forward the success we have seen in this sector lately.”
“DPP has some very exciting projects in the pipeline, a fantastic team and a great reputation for results not just for clients but also for fostering career development,” says Jen, “I’m delighted to be joining Faith’s team, and jumped at the chance of working together having known her for a while now.”
28 July 2017
DPP are delighted to announce the promotion of 4 staff across three of its five offices, including Jonathan Burns’ appointment to Associate Director in Manchester.
John Francis, Director of DPP’s Manchester office, had this to say;
“Jonathan joined us in 2008 as a graduate and has risen through the ranks to become an Associate Director and key member of the Manchester team. Although he’s an all-rounder and advises on all aspects of planning and land uses, soon after joining us it became clear he had a strong aptitude for retail and economic assessments. Since then, initially as a member of the wider team, but more recently as its lead, he has driven the main DPP retail team.”
Other promotions include; Ryan Grant (Manchester), Nicola Waller (Newcastle) & Matthew Rhodes (Leeds) all of whom go from Assistant Planners to Planners.
“Jonathan, Ryan, Nicola and Matt are all working on a range of projects across the UK, and have delivered outstanding results for our clients. These well-deserved promotions reflect the important contributions they have all made to DPP and I look forward to them continuing to develop with us.”
Gareth Hooper, Chief Executive Officer
9 June 2017
We’re delighted to announce we have been shortlisted for Consultancy of the Year award in the Wales Insider Property Awards 2017.
‘DPP’s Cardiff office continue to work with an impressive range of clients across Wales, delivering an exemplary record in securing approvals in some of the most constrained and protected sites in the region. Our track record demonstrates not only the personal ownership and pride we take in every project, but our dedication to ensuring that by applying knowledge, experience and national contacts, we can unlock difficult sites.’ Gareth Hooper, CEO DPP Planning.
DPP’s shortlisting was based on their work on nationally significant projects including Cardiff University’s centre for Student Life, the first new building to be approved in Cardiff’s Civic Centre for 36 years; the regeneration of the listed former HSBC building on Bute Street; and the leading the proposals for the redevelopment of Bradley Court in Cardiff city centre.
The winner will be announced on 29th June at Cardiff’s Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa. Best of luck to all of those nominated.
28 November 2016
The Manchester office of DPP has submitted a detailed planning application for a new mixed-use retail and leisure development in Rochdale town centre.
DPP is acting for Genr8 Developments on its £60 million Rochdale Riverside development that will deliver around 18,580 sq m of retail and leisure floor space for 24 units, including a new Marks & Spencer anchor store as well as a Next outlet. Phase 1 will also include a new 6-screen cinema operated by Reel Cinemas while Phase 2 of the development will see additional commercial and office space, 100 residential apartments and a hotel.
Rochdale Riverside is a key element in the town centre’s £250m regeneration programme, which has already seen the re-opening of the River Roch and construction of Rochdale Borough Council’s award-winning customer service centre, library and office building, Number One Riverside.
“Rochdale Riverside is an exciting project to work on and a vital part of the town’s regeneration,“ says John Francis, Director at DPP’s Manchester office. “As well as working with Genr8 and the scheme’s designers TP Bennett Architects, DPP has provided strategic planning advice and support, including the preparation of an environmental statement.”
Phase 1 of the scheme is expected to generate over 1,000 new jobs and deliver a £17m boost to the local economy. Rochdale Riverside is being delivered jointly by Genr8 Developments and Kajima in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council, with a decision on the planning application expected in the New Year.
15 November 2016
The Newcastle office of DPP has secured planning permission for the development Milburngate, the largest regeneration site in Durham City for a decade.
A consortium of Arlington Real Estate, Carillion and Richardson Capital LLP will redevelop the Milburngate House site. Formerly home to Her Majesty’s Passport Office and National Savings and Investments, Milburngate will be a mixed-use development, providing the opportunity for around £160m of inward investment and lead to the creation of more than 1,000 full-time jobs and 650 construction roles.
Adjacent to a World Heritage and conservation area setting, it will feature an Everyman Cinema as the cornerstone of its leisure offering alongside a variety of premium restaurants and bars, 291 high- specification apartments and energy-efficient office space.
“We’re proud to be involved in such an exciting, high-profile project,” says Faith Folley, Director of DPP’s Newcastle-upon-Tyne office. “I truly believe that the redevelopment will transform the area, opening up the use of the riverside and improving public facilities. It will also be a significant catalyst in generating jobs.”
The Milburngate House site is the second key element of the regeneration of Durham’s riverside by the consortium, having previously undertaken the regeneration of Freemans Reach on the opposite bank of the River Wear, creating sustainable new offices for Her Majesty’s Passport Office and National Savings and Investments and helping retain more than 1,000 jobs.
Construction on site will start in spring next year after the demolition of the existing building, which is currently underway.
14 November 2016
The Leeds office of DPP has secured planning approval for a new supermarket on Brighton Street in west Hull.
The approved proposal will transform a former car showroom which now lies vacant into a 2,470 sq. m gross, 1,424 sq. m net Lidl foodstore.
The new Lidl supermarket will replace an existing Lidl in Hessle Road, which will be closing because it is too small and outdated to fully meet Lidl’s customer requirements and the company’s expansion plans.
“This proposal will improve the shopping offer in this part of West Hull, regenerate a brownfield site and help to increase the footfall and activity to the Hessle Road District Centre,” says Michelle Bath, Director at DPP’s Leeds Office.
Construction is due to start in January 2017.
28 October 2016
DPP’s Manchester office has secured planning permission, on behalf of English Cities Fund, for an 11 storey building as part of the ongoing regeneration scheme in the New Bailey area of Salford Central.
The new Grade A, BREEAM ‘Excellent’ development, will provide around 24,000 sqm of B1 office floor space and 830 sqm of commercial ground floor space. The building, designed by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, is set to complement the recently completed One New Bailey development, which houses London law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and restaurant Menagerie.
In addition, DPP has also achieved planning permission in Salford for the English Cities Fund for four new apartment buildings with up to 843 new units, a 33 storey tower, multi-storey car park and space on the ground floor for commercial units. These changes are part of a broader planning exercise to update the Salford Central Masterplan for Zones A/C. The development, created by architect AHR, borders both the St. Johns and Middlewood Locks developments.
“We are delighted to have achieved planning permission for both of these projects for English Cities Fund,” says John Francis, Director at DPP’s Manchester office. “It’s an exciting time to be involved in the regeneration of Salford and these changes reflect the current market trends and the changing cityscape of the area”.
DPP has been planning advisers to English Cities Fund, which is a partnership of Muse, Legal & General and HCA, on the Salford Central project for 10 years.
27 October 2016
DPP’s Leeds office has submitted a new planning application for St George’s Retail Park, off the city’s Middleton Ring Road.
Being developed by DPP’s client, Commercial Development Projects Ltd, the new retail development, on the site of the former Benyon Centre will be anchored by a new format Lidl store and a B&M Homestore.
“This is a significant investment in a derelict site that will help act as a catalyst for regeneration of the area,” says Michelle Bath, Director of DPP’s Leeds office. “The site was previously promoted by a supermarket but then abandoned. When the development is completed it will provide up to 140 jobs for local people.”
The decision on the new planning permission for St George’s Retail Park is expected in the new year, with construction due to start shortly afterwards.
Michelle Bath, Director and Education Lead at DPP's Leeds office, looks at the issues in meeting the demand for new school places
18 October 2016
We are sitting on a school places time bomb, particularly in Greater London and the major urban conurbations; but with imaginative and careful planning we can do something about it.
According to an official forecast from the Department for Education in July, by 2025 an extra 750,000 schools places in England alone will be needed to keep up with a population bulge.
Education is an emotive subject in the UK with debate around free schools, the re-introduction of grammars, the validity of leagues tables and perhaps the most controversial of all – parents failing to get their children into their first choice schools.
All these factors will undoubtedly be a challenge for the current Education Secretary Justine Greening. They will also challenge anybody involved in the building of the much needed schools. Where there are challenges there are also opportunities and as planners we can play a key role in the provision of extra spaces.
The role of effective planning, however, is all too often ignored in the early stages of a school project – a time when we can have the most impact and add the greatest value. Linked to the lack of places is a shortage of available and affordable land and the need to plan developments more imaginatively. For example, we should look at schools being part of mixed use residential development or favour the more challenging sites in terms of planning such as those in the Green Belt.
For the greatest impact, planners need to be involved right from the beginning of any new school build. All too often it is assumed that because a new school is a government project it will sail through any consultation. This is definitely not the case. Although people invariably say they want schools in their area, they don’t necessarily want them too close to them and a single challenge by a well-informed resident can delay the process.
DPP’s work on the Priority School Building Programme Yorkshire for contractor Laing O’Rourke highlights the value that a skilled planner can add. An accelerated timeline from the Education Funding Agency saw planning permission secured for seven secondary schools within six weeks of being appointed, demonstrating the need for in depth knowledge of, and experience in, the education sector.
Elsewhere, DPP co-ordinated the preparation and submission of outline and reserved planning applications for the development of Excelsior Academy in Newcastle upon Tyne. A publicly funded secondary school in the west end of the city, we were involved in public consultation and attendance at both high profile planning committees.
The opening time of a new school is non-negotiable – it has to be at the start of the September term. By bringing in the skills of a specialist planner in the early stages for site identification, risk assessment and advice on public consultation and stakeholder engagement for example, painful delays can be avoided.
Michelle Bath addressed this year’s Education Estates conference on Planning for Schools, examining how it is possible to de-risk the planning process by focusing on recent changes in planning legislation. This thought piece was reported on Building 4 Education‘s website.
24 September 2016
Independent national planning consultancy DPP continues to strengthen its Cardiff office with the addition of assistant planner Abbie Connelly.
An ex-Whitchurch High School pupil, Abbie, who lives in Rhiwbina, has joined the planning consultancy after graduating with a BSc in City and Regional Planning from Cardiff University.
“I’m going to be working across the full range of sectors,” says Abbie. “Cardiff really is a vibrant city and I’m excited about being involved in the challenges it faces as it grows, such as the provision of extra housing.”
“DPP is growing as we continue to win work around Cardiff and across the UK,” says Gareth Hooper, CEO of DPP. “Abbie is a recent graduate who we believe will make a significant contribution to DPP both now, and in the future, as she continues to gain experience.”
When not working, Abbie 21, enjoys skiing and photography.
Abbie’s appointment was also reported on Planning Jobs.
4 August 2016
The Leeds office of leading planning consultancy DPP has acquired planning permission for Glossopdale Community College in Hadfield, Derbyshire. Located on Newshaw Lane, the school’s current three separate sites will be merged into one new development.
Being built by DPP’s client, Henry Brothers (Midlands) Ltd, the replacement secondary school will cater for 1,000 students aged 11-16 and 200 6th formers. The site also has the potential to expand in the future if required.
“The main challenges surrounding the project have been delivering a planning permission on time in order to allow the school to open in Spring 2018,” says Michelle Bath, Director of DPP’s Leeds office. “The proposed building’s location in open countryside, its proximity to a main railway line, access and ecology issues were also specific constraints that we had to overcome. Resolving these avoided the need for pre-commencement conditions which would have delayed the programme.”
The plans also include the creation of new, improved sports facilities, which will be available for use by members of the local community, alongside staff and students. Construction is due to start in Summer 2016.
The Glossopdale Community College project follows on from a number of successful education projects in the last twelve months by DPP’s Leeds office.
20 July 2016
Background – Existing Policy Provision
The Starter Homes initiative first appeared in December 2014 in the Consultation Document ‘Stepping on the Property Ladder’. This followed on from the Conservative Party manifesto that pledged to build an ambitious 200,000 starter homes by 2020.
By March 2015, the Government had launched a new national Starter Home Exception Site policy. Contained within National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG), it was an attempt to free up the planning system and deliver more low cost, high quality homes for first time buyers.
The guidance directs LPA’s to work in a positive and proactive way with landowners and developers to secure a supply of sites suitable for Starter Housing; particularly focusing upon opportunities for exception sites.
Existing guidance directs approval of Starter Homes on exception sites unless the LPA can demonstrate that there are overriding conflicts with the NPPF that cannot be mitigated. Suitable sites include under-used or unviable land allocated for commercial or industrial purposes but where remediation and infrastructure costs do not render Starter Homes financially unviable. This may include sites with:
- A land value significantly below that of other sites with a similar permitted use in the area;
- A high percentage of vacant units (and long vacancies);
- An employment allocation not actively marketed for a period of time or actively marketed with no interest;
- There has been a lack of recent development activity to improve the commercial and industrial site.
LPAs have local discretion whether to permit Starter Homes on Rural Exception Sites.
Exception sites may include a small proportion of market homes as part of a development proposal, at the LPA’s discretion, where this is essential to secure the required level of discount for the Starter Homes on the site.
As a general rule, Starter Homes exception sites should not be required to make section 106 affordable housing or tariff style contributions in return for offering buyers a discount of at least 20% on the market value.
Five Year Supply of Housing
Under the existing provisions, LPAs are not required to make allowance for Starter Homes in its five-year housing land supply until it has compelling evidence that they will consistently become available in the local area.
HCA funding is already available to help kick start the delivery of exceptions sites, including the remediation and de-risking of local authority sites (£8 million is committed on 27 sites). Sites will largely be sold to developers via a design-led Starter Home competition. A further £36m is available in 2016; most is already reserved by the HCA to acquire further suitable exceptions sites.
Councils have also been invited to bid for a share of a new £1.2 billion Starter Home Land Fund with expressions of interest welcomed until the end of 2016. The land fund is intended to operate until 2019, with Government expecting construction to commence from 2018.
The HCA will manage the fund and create partnerships with LPA’s to acquire, remediate and de-risk land for Starter Homes to be built out by developers. Schemes will need to provide at least 50% Starter Homes alongside some ‘additionality’. For example, sites should not be already allocated for housing in local plans or should present opportunities for higher density development. Stalled sites will be considered and the expectation is that most sites will be brownfield but greenfield sites can also be supported where there is community support.
New Starter Home Provisions
The new provisions in relation to Starter Homes became embodied in law on 12 May 2016 when the Housing and Planning Bill received Royal Assent.
Embodiment into Law
The provisions of the Housing and Planning Act relating to the delivery of Starter Homes does not come into immediate effect. The Starter Homes regulations under section 2, 3(6), 4 or 5 (see s214 of the Act) will require a draft to be laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament on dates to be specified by the Communities Secretary in future regulations. It is understood that a number of regulations are likely to be made in October 2016 although there is a long way to go to resolve the detail before then.
LPA’s Duty to Promote
Part 1 of the Act places a statutory duty on local planning authorities to actively promote Starter Homes through local plan preparation and in determining planning applications.
What is a ‘Starter Home’?
Starter Homes are expected to be high quality and well designed (A new Design Advisory Panel is developing an initial set of exemplar design templates) and should be offered for sale at a minimum of 20% below its open market value (secured via planning obligation) and limited solely to qualifying first time buyers under the age of 40 years old.
The discounted price of a Starter Home should be no more than £250,000 outside London and £450,000 in London.
The Government, through the publication of the ‘Starter Homes Regulations: Technical Consultation’ (closed on 18 May 2016), have been seeking views on the details of how the new Starter Homes initiative would work. This will inform the future regulations to be published by the Communities Secretary.
Alongside the existing provision permitting the delivery of Starter Homes on Exception Sites, the Act introduces a new requirement for Starter Homes to be provided as a proportion of an open market residential development.
Residential applications (above a certain site size or number of units; schemes of ‘above 10 units or 0.5 hectares’ are suggested in the consultation) will be required to provide a proportion of those units as Starter Homes. The suggestion is that 20% of the dwellings on site should be Starter Homes.
It is anticipated that Starter Homes will eventually be included in the NPPG definition of Affordable Housing and determined as such during the course of an application. We understand that Starter Homes will take primacy over other forms of affordable housing provision.
Limitations on resale and letting
The Act suggests that measures will be put in place to limit the re-sale and letting of Starter Homes. The Secretary of State will – through regulation – place restrictions on resale and occupation to ensure that Starter Homes are purchased by owner occupiers rather than for rental investment or short‐term speculation.
The Act provides for a ‘tapered’ approach whereby the Starter Home can be resold at an increasing proportion of market value, stepping up to 100% over a set period of time. The Government supports a taper period of 5 years although various timescales are suggested.
A qualifying person must be under 40 years of age. The Government are considering exceptions to the definition of a qualifying person (to be introduced through regulations). This may include situations where there are joint purchasers (one being below the 40 years of age threshold and the other above). Other exceptions could include military service.
To provide for the Starter Homes initiative an amendment to the legal definition of a ‘first-time buyer’ (as set out in s57AA (2) of the Finance Act 2003) is expected soon.
The Government has also consulted on possible exemptions to the provision of Starter Homes as part of a wider housing development. A general exemption is proposed for where Starter Homes would render a site unviable. Other possible exemptions include specialist housing developments such as residential care with on-site support, student accommodation and custom build developments.
Off-Site Commuted Sums
It is expected that qualifying schemes will deliver Starter Homes on site. The Government have consulted on situations where an off-site commuted sum might be more appropriate. Examples of relevant situations include residential care where there is on-site support and PRS schemes.
Much of the working details relating to the roll out of Starter Homes will be contained within the regulations which are expected to be published shortly. DPP are closely monitoring the details and will release further analysis as it emerges.
Whilst we await the outcome of the Government deliberations with anticipation, it is our view that the new Starter Home regulations are unlikely to deliver much in the way of additional housing for the UK.
Once the new provisions in relation to Starter Homes are brought into force and Starter Homes fall under the official definition of ‘affordable housing’ it is clear that the rate of delivery of the more traditional types of affordable housing will decline; particularly given the statutory duty placed upon LPA’s to actively promote Starter Homes. Therefore do Starter Homes:-
- Spell the end for traditional social housing in the UK and does it suggest further growth in the Private Rented Sector?
- What are the implications for those who still cannot afford (or do not quality for) Starter Homes?
- Will Starter Homes unlock unviable and stalled sites?
What is clear is that the new changes are unlikely to have an impact on the amount of long term affordable housing that is available in the UK.
Other noteworthy topics in the Act
Alongside the introduction of the Starter Homes legislation, the Act introduces some additional significant changes. The list below is not exhaustive:
- Pilot schemes testing the use of alternative providers to process planning applications;
- Step-in powers for government when local authorities aren’t preparing their local plans fast enough;
- Allows planning applications for non‐major development to be submitted to and decided by the Planning Inspectorate where the local planning authority has a track record of very poor performance in the speed or quality of its decision‐making;
- Some minor amendments to the neighbourhood planning process. More on this anticipated shortly;
- Allows local authorities to apply to the government to create a ‘planning freedoms scheme’, which can display planning provisions ‘to facilitate an increase in the amount of housing’ in an area;
- Introduces ‘permission in principle’ (PiP) for housing-led developments (at the point when the site is allocated in an adopted local or neighbourhood plan or a local brownfield register). To get detailed consent following PiP, a ‘technical details consent’ is required;
- In March 2015 Parliament passed the Self‐build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015. The Housing and Planning Bill goes further and will require local planning authorities to ensure that there are sufficient serviced permissioned plots consistent with the local demand on their custom build registers.
We would be happy to answer any query in relation to the Act or what implications such changes will have.
17 June 2016
DPP Leeds and Newcastle offices hosted their own version of Ladies Day at the Midsummer meeting at York Races on Friday 10th June. Key clients from the regional developer and housebuilder sectors, together with representatives from intermediaries such as Curtins and AECOM managed to dodge the showers and enjoy champagne as well as the occasional win.
20 May 2016
Leading urban planners DPP have secured planning permission for Poole’s tallest building. Located on Serpentine Road, a major gateway into the town centre, the part 12/part 14 storey block made the headlines in the Bournemouth Echo as a regeneration catalyst.
The first large-scale private residential scheme in the centre of the Dorset seaside town, it will be built on the site of St John’s House, the former HMRC offices, which will be demolished to make way for the 203 residential apartments.
Working for ESRG Developments Limited, DPP led discussions with the Council around the location of the building and negotiations on parking requirements of just 40%, a significant reduction on the required levels and accepted on the basis of the ‘sustainable’ location. In addition, DPP’s advice resulted in the Council accepting that the proposals could not support any financial contributions or affordable units.
“This is a ground-breaking project for Poole which will start the transformation of the town centre,” says Gareth Hooper, CEO of DPP. “Its height and prominence coupled with the principle of high density residential in a sustainable location makes it a first for the town. Crucially, however, it also recognises that the housing needs of the borough can only be met through a combination of traditional housing and this type of high density mixed use scheme located centrally.
“Not only will the proposals make a significant contribution to the area’s housing needs but the apartments will boost the vitality and viability of the town centre. It’s an exciting time to be involved in the regeneration on the area.”
The approval of the block with its 203 residential units and ground floor for commercial use follows an earlier prior approval for the conversion of the existing office block to 52 apartments.
St John’s House is the first of a number of similar projects DPP are promoting with ESRG Developments and others, which together will transform the town centre of Poole.
18 May 2016
Independent national planning consultancy DPP has appointed Jo Robison as associate director in its Newcastle office.
Previously a divisional head in Smith Gore’s (now Savills) northern planning team based in Darlington, Jo will work across all of DPP’s projects in the north east although her primary focus will be on the residential sector. A graduate of Northumbria University with a BSc in housing development surveying, she also has a Masters from the University of Newcastle in town planning.
With over 17 years’ in planning consultancy, Jo is highly experienced in identifying and promoting strategic land through the planning system for schemes of between 10 to 900 homes and assisting in delivering complex planning consents, including Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium while working in London.
“It’s an exciting time to be working in the residential sector in the north east,” says Jo. “There have been several new entrants into the sector and we’ve seen an increase in the number of small and medium sized housebuilders. The uplift in activity across the UK has definitely reached our area.”
Director of DPP’s Newcastle office, Faith Folley, backs Jo’s view: “It’s really positive for us to have somebody with Jo’s experience join us here in Newcastle. The area is really vibrant and her knowledge of the residential sector will add significantly to our expert residential team.”
When not working, Jo, who lives in Gosforth, enjoys running and spending time with family on the Northumberland coast.
Jo’s appointment was also reported on Bdaily.
13 May 2016
Newport’s iconic former Passport Office will become the city’s first large scale PRS (Private Rented Sector) scheme following the Cardiff office of leading urban planners DPP securing planning permission for its change of use.
Working for joint venture partners Richard Hayward Properties and The Tonstate Group, DPP submitted a change of use application for Olympia House on Upper Dock Street which was approved last week. The former Passport Office which is directly adjacent to the newly-opened Friars Walk Shopping Centre will be converted into 62 private rental units.
“This has been a challenging project,” says Gareth Hooper, CEO of DPP. “The lack of permitted development rights allowing the conversion of offices to residential in Wales, compared to England, meant that a change of use application was needed and a case made for the loss of employment floor space.
“The case for the loss of floor space was accepted on the basis that bringing back into use such a prominent city centre building, which has stood empty since 2013, would have wider regeneration benefits, boosting the vitality and viability of the city centre by introducing a large scale residential scheme. In addition, despite its prominent location, we demonstrated that the office space was unlikely to be taken up. ”
The Olympia House scheme has been accepted with no financial contributions or affordable housing as it was demonstrated that they would make the scheme unviable. It was supported, however, as it provides an alternative means of addressing housing needs while enabling a greater diversity of uses for the city centre.
10 May 2016
Tim Spencer has joined independent national planning consultancy, DPP, as associate director in its London head office.
Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, he has a degree in Town and Regional Planning from Cape Peninsula University of Technology. With over 15 years’ experience in town planning, Tim has undertaken a wide range of projects in both South Africa and London.
“I am really excited to be working for DPP,” says Tim. “London is a vibrant city with a huge range of projects and developments, either underway or about to start, ranging from regeneration schemes to significant residential and mixed use opportunities.”
Gareth Hooper, CEO of DPP, said: “We are excited to welcome Tim to our London team. His experience in both London and South Africa is exceptional and is vital as our presence in the capital continues to grow.
Tim will be working across a range of projects in London including a regeneration scheme at Grange Farm, Harrow, a number of educational facilities throughout London, private rental accommodation developments and a mix of green and brown field residential schemes.
Tim enjoys cycling, running and taking part in triathlons when not working.
DPP’s London office is currently working on a number of high profile projects including a new Educational Campus in Brixton Hill, the Grange Farm Estate regeneration in Harrow and a number of residential schemes and educational facilities in London and the Home Counties.
15 April 2016
Osian Roberts has joined independent national planning consultancy DPP as principal planner in its Cardiff office at 28 Cathedral Road.
Originally from Swansea, Osian has a degree in City and Regional Planning from Cardiff University and joins DPP from another Cardiff consultancy.
“I’m very excited to be working for DPP,” says Osian. “A great deal of my experience is in the residential sector, which fits well with DPP’s growing workload, but I will also be involved in areas such as regeneration and commercial property as well, which is one of the reasons I joined the company. Cardiff is a vibrant, expanding city with interesting challenges around the provision of housing and infrastructure so planning is key to its growth.”
Gareth Hooper, CEO of DPP, supports Osian’s view: “We are very pleased that Osian has joined us. His expertise in the residential sector is key for us as we expand there, but his interest in the commercial and regeneration areas gives him a well-rounded view of planning which is vital in a constantly developing city like Cardiff.”
When not working, Osian 33, who lives in Heath, Cardiff, enjoys running. To read more visit – http://jobs.planningresource.co.uk/article/outside-interest-long-distance-running/
DPP’s Cardiff office is currently working on a number of high profile projects for Cardiff University as well as 1,200 residential units in Poole, Dorset. In addition to its Cardiff office, DPP has offices in Manchester, Leeds, London and Newcastle upon Tyne.
7 March 2016
Kathryn Moran has joined DPP, the independent national planning consultancy, as a senior planner in its Leeds office.
Originally from Leeds, the former Roundhay School pupil, who took a degree in Town & Regional Planning at Leeds Metropolitan University has returned to the city following spells working at a number of London councils.
“I’m pleased to be back in the city and delighted to be working for DPP,” says Kathryn. “I will be involved in a number of areas including education and commercial schemes and believe that my experience with London councils such as Lambeth and Westminster and knowledge of a wide range of planning applications and legislation will be very beneficial in my new role.”
These thoughts are echoed by Michelle Bath, Director at DPP’s Leeds office at 2 Wellington Place in Leeds. “We are delighted that Kathryn has joined us,” says Michelle. ““DPP has a strong client focus and places emphasis on adding value, innovation, professionalism and providing solutions to achieve a successful outcome so Kathryn’s experience and insight of the public sector side will be invaluable, especially in relation to our growing workload in the education sector.”
DPP is currently working on a variety of high profile projects and has a strong track record with successful planning permissions achieved already this year in the retail and education sectors. In addition to its Leeds office, DPP has offices in Cardiff, Manchester, London and Newcastle upon Tyne.