Archive for April, 2013

Nifco Phase 2, Durham Lane, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees In February 2011 we obtained planning permission for Nifco UK Ltd to relocate from their out-moded premises at Yarm Lane to a purpose 117,945sq.ft. (10,957m²) built ultra modern building at Durham Lane, Eaglescliffe providing production and assembly, storage and office accommodation. Just a year of so of the new factory opening, Nifco’s order book is full and they urgently need more manufacturing capacity. Nifco specialise in the manufacture and supply of parts to the automotive industries as well as offering an injection moulding service. They have a truly international presence, supplying products to Japanese electronics companies and eight automobile manufacturers, including Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Ford. The company relocated to the Durham Lane premises in phases during late 2011 and the new building was officially opened by HRH the Duke of York in February 2012. The move helped secure 228 existing jobs and subsequently led to the recruitment of an additional 107 staff. Such was the success of the relocation that Nifco very quickly found themselves needing to either extend their existing building or build a second building adjacent to the first. Nifco opted for a second building and we submitted a planning application in late January 2013 for another ultra modern building behind (to the east of) the first providing a further 69,007sq.ft (6,411m²) production and assembly, storage and office accommodation. Following successful negotiations with Stockton Borough Council we obtained planning permission for Nifco in late April 2013. The new building will bring with it new job opportunities and will employ another 168 staff with the potential for additional jobs in the future.

B802 – A(PL) – 11A Proposed Site Finishes Plan


Planning consent has been granted for the demolition of the former King Oswy Public House and its replacement with a new foodstore. The decision was made by members of Hartlepool Planning Committee on 3rd April.

The current public house has been closed for some time and despite attempts to market the site as a going concern, no buyer wanting to operate the pub came forward.

Seneca Developments propose to demolish the existing structure and build a new single storey food and convenience store on the site providing around 4,700ft of new retail floorspace.

Prism Planning provided the planning support for the project, carrying out the public consultation on the project as well as preparing and submitting the application. This included a sequential search to justify the site selection.  The scheme was designed by Andy Riley, a well respected local architect.

We wish Neil and the Seneca team all the very best in tackling this project which will provide a welcome boost to services in the area.

A housing scheme for 77 dwellings on the outskirts of Middlesbrough has just cleared its final hurdle, getting reserved matters approval following a meeting of Middlesbrough Councils Planning meeting on 5th April.

Outline consent for the mixed scheme of 3, 4 and 5 bedroomed family homes was originally granted in November 2012 after a prolonged debate with the Highways Agency over the means of access to the site.  Middlesbrough Council consistently took a positive attitude towards the development of the site, noting that they had an absence of a deliverable 5 year land supply and accepting that this overrode the Greenfield status of the site.

The granting of the final reserved matters will enable Miller Homes to start construction on the site later in 2013. Prism Planning have advised throughout the scheme, successfully obtaining both the original outline and the reserved matter consents.