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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.
A Government Planning Inspector has agreed with Prism for the second time regarding a scheme for providing log cabins on a site at Easby, near to Richmond. The Inspector overturned the decision of Richmondshire District Council to allow development on the site for a limited period of time and instead gave a full planning permission for three years to enable the development to progress. This was the second time that Prism had been forced to go to the Planning Inspectorate to overturn the decision of the Local Planning Authority on this site. Initially permission was refused by the Council for the development and granted at appeal in 2010. Due to the complexities of the site and the uncertain economic situation in the intervening period, we sought to use new provisions to extend the life of the planning permission for a further three year period. Most applications of this nature are routinely renewed unless there has been a change in circumstances. The Council decided to only grant planning permission for a twelve month period and gave confusing and unclear reasons why this would be appropriate. At appeal, the Planning Inspector noted that the Council’s reasoning was flawed and fully agreed with all of the points raised by Prism on behalf of our client. In particular, the Inspector noted that the Government intend to give clear support for developments which help to improve the rural economy and that the scheme was and always had been of a particularly high design and well thought out. Because of these points, he had no hesitation in granting permission for a full three year period which will enable the scheme to progress. This is an important decision to have as it underlines the Government’s expectations that permissions will be renewed for a full three year period whenever there has been no change in circumstances and reaffirms the Government’s continued support for the rural economy. This is the second application that we have had approved this week relating to the rural economy – see next blog for a holiday cottage approval in Aislaby close to Yarm.
Public Consultation on a major new biomass plant got under way this week with members of the public having the chance to attend consultation events at The Forum in Billingham and Port Clarences Community Centre. The new power station will be fuelled by waste wood and will be located on land adjacent to Koppers, opposite the Riverside Stadium on the North Bank of the Tees. 

The planning application for the plant will be submitted to Stockton Council early in the New Year and the consultation exercise will run until 3rd January. Anyone wanting to view the exhibition on line can go to; http://www.resultscommunications.co.uk/consultations/01%20Teesside%20Renewable%20Energy%20Plant_031213.pdf.

Prism Planning are coordinating a multidisciplinary team of development professionals to ensure that the planning application is both comprehensive and easily understood.

Watch this space for more exiting news of this £160 million project.
Planning consent has been granted, subject to the completion of a S106 Agreement, for the residential development of a 2 hectare area of land at Low Cragg Hall Farm, Carlin How. The decision was made by members of Redcar & Cleveland Planning Committee on 6th June. The approved scheme comprises a residential development providing 46 family homes in a mix of two, three and four bedroomed dwellings of up to two storeys in height. The development also includes 8 two-bedroomed affordable houses, meeting the Council’s 15% requirement on developments of more than 15 dwellings. The application was submitted in outline form with only the means of access to and from the site and the scale of the development to be determined at this time. The architectural layout for the site was provided by BSBA Tees and this was a big help in getting the permission through the system. Prism Planning co-ordinated the preparation and submission of the application and subsequently negotiated with planning officers. The proposal was not without it’s hurdles since the site lies outside of development limits, Carlin How has suffered periods of flooding in the past and the existing access arrangements were not suitable for the development. However, we were able to argue why the development should be allowed and engaged a flooding and drainage specialist who provided a scheme to overcome the flood risk issue. We also engaged a highways consultant who negotiated a new form of access to the site with the Council’s highways engineers. Councillors welcomed the development as providing a welcome boost to Carlin How and were pleased that the development will include some bungalows. The final vote was unanimous which is most welcome for a site that lay outside the framework for new development. Our client is now looking for a purchaser of the site so please feel free to contact us if you are looking for any opportunities in the area.
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.

Almost 170 additional jobs could be created with a new production building at the site of NiFCO on Durham Lane, Stockton on Tees. The company built their first factory on site in 2012 and Prism was proud to be the planning consultants that got their permission through the system. Together with the architects Lister Associates and the contractors, Tolent, the building was operational within a record timescale. Just a short time on from starting on Durham Lane, the company order book is full, ahead of its most optimistic expectations and Prism have once again been requested to help get permission for a new building to extend capacity at the site. Crucially for the local economy almost 170 new jobs will hopefully be created on the back of the expansion plans –welcome news in a still depressed economy. The application rests with Stockton Borough Council and a decision is expected shortly into the plans. Its been great to team up again with the same professionals who worked together last time around and we hope that we will be able to surprise everyone with the speed of this scheme being operational as well.