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Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council recently published their new Draft Local Plan, which sets out the proposed long-term strategy for the Borough. Public consultation began on 27th June and the Council is inviting comments on the document until Monday 8th August, when the consultation period ends. The Draft Local Plan sets out a vision for how Redcar and Cleveland will be developed up to the year 2032. It explores proposals around housing, employment, retail and town centres, natural and built environment, and transport. The Council hopes that the new Local Plan will provide a blueprint for successful and thoroughly planned growth that will boost the economy in Redcar and Cleveland, create new training opportunities, skills and jobs, and deliver the new homes and employment land needed to support economic growth. Following the conclusion of the public consultation exercise, the Council will review comments received and make modifications to the document that it considers are warranted and necessary before publishing the ‘Publication Draft’ of the Local Plan (anticipated date November 2016) for further consultation and comment before submitting the Local Plan to the Secretary of State for examination by a government appointed independent Planning Inspector. Presently, the final adoption of the examination Local Plan is programmed for sometime March-August 2017 with adoption following later in the year, presuming that the Inspector’s report concludes favourably. Prism Planning would be happy to assist you in making representations on your behalf to Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. As always, we are only a phone call or an e-mail away.
Members of Stockton Planning Committee voted almost unanimously to approve proposals for a new leisure country club with swimming pool to be built on the outskirts of Yarm. The scheme was promoted by Prism Planning and had been with the Council as an outline application for nearly a year. Protracted debates and negotiations had taken place over how the site would be accessed. Stamina and perseverance have been key skills honed during the prolonged consideration of this scheme. Clearly it all paid off as members supported the scheme, subject to a S106 agreement addressing the means of access. The key challenges for the team involved integrating access arrangements with other nearby commercial proposals that might, or might not, get developed and which laid outside of the control of the applicant. The planning system does not address such uncertainties very effectively as the year long debate testifies but the positive result for the client was well worth it in the end. The new club will provide a full size 25m swimming pool, a fitness suite and spar, as well as a series of exercise rooms for dance classes. The facility will also incorporate a café and a restaurant, to be operated by the same winning team that have delivered the Hudson Quay Brasserie in Middlehaven Docks at Middlesbrough. Outside a new vineyard and market garden will supply the restaurant with much of its fruit, vegetables and importantly, its wine! The vineyard will be the most northerly vineyard in the Country, to the best of our knowledge. The next stage of the proposals will see a reserved matter application worked up, based upon the concepts set out in the outline submission. Prism would like to particularly thank Fore Consulting ( for all their in depth highway support during the consideration of the proposals, as well as the eye catching designs from Summerhouse Architects ( which helped sell the scheme most convincingly at planning committee. And that wasn’t the only success for Prism Planning at Stockton’s Planning Committee yesterday – see the next blog for further updates on our prowess with hot food takeaways!
Northumberland Local Plan – Public Consultations (15th June to 27th July 2016): 1. Core Strategy Pre-Submission Draft – Proposed Major Modifications 2. Renewable Energy SPD – Scoping Document Major modifications to a number of the policies and the supporting text in the emerging Core Strategy have been proposed by the County Council before it is submitted for examination by an independent Planning Inspector. The proposed modifications seek to address a range of issues raised during the consultation on the Pre-Submission Draft that was held in October and November 2015. The proposed major modifications include: a relaxation of the Hexham Green Belt; a change to safeguarded and proposed new employment sites in the Morpeth area; changes to proposed employment allocations near to Newcastle Airport, in Cramlington, in Ashington, in Alnwick and changes to the allocation at the former Alcan plant and the Blyth Estuary Strategic Employment Area allocation; a review of the future development potential of Ponteland; and a revision to the policy for onshore wind energy to ensure it is consistent with the tests set out in the Written Ministerial Statement of June 2015 and the National Planning Policy Framework. These major modifications are subject to consultation from 15th June 2016 to 27th July 2016. Comments must to be received by the County Council’s Planning Policy Team by 4pm on 27th July 2016. Over the same period the County Council are seeking comments on the Renewable Energy SPD Scoping Document. This document has been prepared in advance of the Renewable Energy Supplementary Planning Document that the County Council is going to prepare to provide further detail on the planning policies for renewable energy in the emerging Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy. The Scoping Document sets out the Council’s initial views on the scope and content of the proposed SPD and is seeking feedback prior to preparing a draft SPD for consultation. Prism Planning would be happy to assist you in making representations against either of the documents referred to above. As always, we are only a phone call or an e-mail away from you.
We recently succeeded in winning an appeal against the non-determination of an application that had been submitted to Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council for a small residential development within the grounds of a care home at Redmarshall. We had been advised by the case officer that it was likely that the application would be refused on the grounds that the proposed site is in an unsustainable location for additional residential development, in view of the settlement having limited services and provisions, thereby requiring occupants to travel for employment, education, retail and recreational uses. To save time for our client we submitted the appeal ahead of waiting for the Council to refuse planning permission. Prism Planning had been engaged to project manage the planning application and sought to work constructively with officers of the Council for what was acknowledged to be a proposal that the Council would be unlikely to welcome with open arms. Having worked with planning officers for a considerable period of time, revising plans to accord with officer advice/requests, it was galling to see the application heading towards being refused for an ‘in principle’ reason. Furthermore, we had submitted a comprehensive argument why the proposal should be accepted as constituting sustainable development. We also argued that due to their proximity, Redmarshall and the nearby village of Carlton, should be considered as one settlement when determining planning applications (Stockton regard Carlton as a sustainable settlement). It became clear that the planning officer had a closed mind to our arguments and therefore submitting the appeal was the only sensible option. It was pleasing to read in the decision from The Planning Inspectorate that the Inspector accepted the strength of our case, to the extent that he agreed with us on every relevant planning issue. In particular, he agreed with us that Redmarshall and Carlton should be considered as a single entity for planning purposes. He also agreed that the Council’s Villages Study (Planning the Future or Rural Villages in Stockton, 2014) should only be afforded very limited weight in his decision as it is not an adopted planning document, having been prepared as part of the evidence base for the Council’s Regeneration & Environment Local Plan, itself not yet adopted. Another factor in the decision was that the Council cannot demonstrate a 5-year housing land supply, as required by central government, and the proposed development would make an important, albeit limited, contribution towards meeting the deficit. We might not win every planning appeal, and wouldn’t expect to, but we have a good feel on the prospects of success when clients seek our assistance to contest a refusal of planning permission and can advise accordingly. If you have been refused planning permission recently and would like to discuss how best to proceed, we are only a phone call or an e-mail away.
The Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy is entering its final stage before submission to the Secretary of State and the ‘Examination’ of the document before an appointed Planning Inspector. The County Council has just published the Core Strategy Pre-Submission Draft for consultation, which starts today (Wednesday 14 October) and runs until midnight on Wednesday 25 November 2015. This will be your final opportunity to comment on the document and if you haven’t made comments by the 25th November you will not be able to appear before the Planning Inspector and speak at the Examination hearings. The Core Strategy is the County Council’s main strategic plan for Northumberland, covering the period to 2031. The document: • Sets out the spatial vision, objectives and outcomes for Northumberland; • Describes the overall strategic approach to growth across Northumberland; and • Proposes policy approaches for the economy, housing, the environment, climate change, infrastructure, minerals, waste and renewable energy. This final opportunity for comments to be made on the Core Strategy before it is submitted for independent examination is a formal, statutory stage in the preparation of the Core Strategy. It is different to previous consultations in that the key purpose of the consultation is to obtain views on the ‘soundness’ of the plan; whether the plan is ‘positively prepared’, ‘justified’, ‘effective’ and ‘consistent with national policy’. The submission of comments is a more technical exercise than the submission of representations to earlier drafts of the Core Strategy and is quite different to making objections to a planning application for example. Prism Planning would be happy to assist you in making comments/representations against the Pre-Submission draft of the Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy.
There is a new, ambitious project coming to Middleborough! A proposal for a Snow Dome in Middlehaven has been put forward by Cool Runnings North East Ltd to create a large, exciting snow and leisure centre. The Snow Dome will include restaurants, cafes, a trampoline park and indoor sky dive centre, to name just a few amazing facilities for the area. Something new for the North East! This exciting new project will be ready for public consultation on Thursday 6th August and Prism Planning is proud and excited to announce their involvement with the proposed application and are keen to meet those with an interest in the proposal at the consultation. The proposal is an ambitious one with a great number of positive outcomes for all involved and Prism are delighted to be involved in a project which can offer so much in terms of benefits. Prism and their team of highly qualified Planners will be heavily involved as the project moves forward and will keep all those interested in the project informed as it progresses. The project will cost around £30 million and will be a huge boost for the economy of Middleborough, therefore Prism Planning are excited and eager to press on with the project. The project will help with employment prospects in the area and attract new tourism. The Snow Dome will be a great attraction to both Middleborough and the North East as a whole. A Snow Dome and the proposed facilities that will complement the ski slopes are an exciting new area of leisure. Keep watching our website for updates on this exciting new project. Anyone wishing to attend the public consultation event can come along to MIMA, Centre Square, The Mall, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AZ between 12noon and 7pm on Thursday 6th August. Alternatively, comments can be made by visiting
Public Consultation starts this week for a proposed Country Club to serve the Yarm Area. For anyone interested it will run from 12.00 noon until 6.45 pm on Thursday 21st August at the Fellowship Hall in Yarm, opposite High Church Wynd. The meeting is open to any members of the public and members of the development team will be on hand throughout the day to help out. The development will involve:- A new 25m swimming pool for Yarm Spa facilities Health and fitness facilities A restaurant All set in a contemporary and highly imaginative building which sits in with the landscape and takes advantage of the spectacular views over the Leven Valley. Despite the recent article that’s appeared in the Evening Gazette, it’s not a night club or concert hall but a place where you can get fit, get pampered and get a really nice meal with produce grown from the market garden that’s going to be established around the Club. When the vines on the south facing hill slope have started to produce their grapes, you might even be able to have a bottle of Yarm’s first home-produced Claret. The facility will be funded privately and won’t involve any subsidy from the public purse. Come along and have a look at the proposals at the exhibition. The plans will also be available on but only after the consultation has taken place, to encourage as many people as possible to come along.
Plans have just been approved today by Hambleton Planning Committee that will pave the way for the relocation of Yatton House from its site at Great Ayton to a new home at Skutterskelfe, Hutton Rudby. The planning application was submitted by Darlington based Prism Planning on behalf of the charity, a long established organisation that provides day care facilities for young adults with learning and other disabilities. They currently operate out of portakabins on land leased from Great Ayton Parish Council at the side of the village graveyard. Not only are their facilities old and in a poor condition, the graveyard at Great Ayton is at capacity and expansion space is desperately needed. The building of around 700 square metres over two floors includes a much needed sensory room. The ground floor will provide space for the pantry and coffee shop with wonderful views to the Cleveland Hills. The woodwork and craft rooms, print service and administration offices will also be situated on the ground floor. Gardens, vegetable growing areas and woodland walks will surround the building. The charity hope to start a fundraising and sponsorship campaign to fund the furnishings and fittings for the interior of the building, provide office and I.T. equipment for the members and equip the sensory room and kitchens. A local benefactor is providing the shell of the building at no cost to the charity. Commenting upon the decision, Steve Barker, Managing Director of Prism Planning said:- “This is great news for the charity and all their team and marks the end of more than a year’s preparatory work. Now that the Council has supported the scheme, we can start to work on practical construction issues and hope to get onto the site before the end of the year. It’s been a busy and successful week for Prism who yesterday got planning permission for a £160 million pound biomass plant in Stockton. Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket this week!”
Port Clarence Biomass and Prism Planning are celebrating today after Stockton Council granted planning permission for a new 49 MW power station on land close to the northern side of the Transporter Bridge at Port Clarence which will burn waste wood. This is great news for Stockton and Teesside and Prism are pleased to have been able to help with this important project. At a time when the security of gas supplies from Russia is very much in the media spotlight after recent events it is great to see that Stockton is helping to deliver practical alternatives. The work required to get this permission in place has been done in a record time and it’s a tribute to the whole team who have worked so well with Stockton Council’s members and officers to iron out all the issues and get the permission in place. From day one of the project we have also worked alongside the financiers of the project and we believe this scheme will come forward rapidly on the site. The lack of objection to the scheme meant that the final decision was made by officers at Stockton but Councillors and the MP had followed the debate closely and supported the proposals. The applicants have built a number of similar power stations around the UK and have a track record of delivery. They have committed to seek to use local labour and suppliers in the project which is excellent news for the Tees Valley as the capital cost of the scheme is estimated to be around £160 million.
Prism are holding a public consultation event tomorrow afternoon/evening between 3pm and 7pm at Howden Le Wear Community Centre, giving local residents the chance to view an indicative plan and give us their views on a potential outline planning application for housing to be located off Hargill Road in Howden Le Wear. If you would like to come along to give us your views, representatives from Prism Planning and the applicant will be available to answer any questions.