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Application for 1200 homes

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Prism Planning acted for Tunstall Homes in securing outline planning permission for a residential-led development of 1200 homes, a neighbourhood centre, primary school and amenity open space on an area of land extending to some 92 hectares south of Elwick Road, High Tunstall, Hartlepool.  The development will play a major part in meeting Hartlepool’s housing requirement over the next 10-12 years.


Prism Planning, led by our Director Rod Hepplewhite, project managed the preparation, submission and post-submission negotiation of an outline planning application.  The scale of the proposed development was such that an Environmental Impact Assessment was required, the preparation of which was co-ordinated by Prism Planning and involved a host of environmental consultancies plus input from Prism Planning.


Associated with the application and financed by the development and others nearby through S106 Planning Agreements relating to the permissions, major highways works will be undertaken including a northern by-pass to Elwick, the northern junction from Elwick onto the A19 will reconfigured as a  grade separated junction.

Biomass Power Station, Port Clarence

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 Prism Planning acted for Port Clarence Energy Ltd in securing planning permission for a 45MWe renewable energy plant (biomass power station) on land at Clarence Works, off Port Clarence Road, Port Clarence, Stockton-on-Tees.


Prism Planning, led by our Director Rod Hepplewhite, project managed the preparation, submission and post-submission negotiation of the planning application.  The scale of the proposed development and the ecologically sensitive location of the site was such that an Environmental Impact Assessment was required, the preparation of which was coordinated by Prism Planning and involved a host of environmental consultancies plus input from Prism Planning.


Following initial negotiations with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council regarding screening and scoping of the Environmental Impact Assessment, the planning application was submitted and approved with 16 weeks, an almost unheard of timescale.  Needless to say, our clients were extremely pleased with the timely and successful outcome.  

Office Conversion Former Northern Echo Building Darlington 52 Residential Units

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 Prism is finding increasing conversions are taking place on the high street in light of recent reductions of banks and other traditional anchor tenants. An application was made under the General Permitted Development Order which required Prism to have a understanding of interpreting legislation and avoiding pitfalls.


 

The process was straightforward with a careful approach by Prism, to cover off potential issues Asbestos and noise reports were submitted. In addition positive comments were made about the strong sustainability of the location and nationwide changing nature of the high street.


The result was that the application was allowed and with it the future of the building has been preserved.

Snow Dome, Middleheaven

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Running a holiday sale or weekly special? Definitely promote it here to get customers excited about getting a sweet deal.

Barn and Garage conversion into dwellings

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Prism succeeded in a planning appeal to convert two structures within the curtilage of a dwelling into houses. A key factor were that the building was listed and with this the curtilage by extension. 


The second key factor was that the site was in a village close to a town and whilst the village was not sustainable the town was within a short commute by foot with lit foot ways.


In response we discussed design with the architect and the resultant design was heritage led. We also submitted a Heritage Impact Assessment resulting in no issues from the council.


The sustainability was tackled by carrying out an assessment of distances to services based on guidance of walking distances. This was seen by the Inspector as robust evidence in proving that the site was a sustainable location. As a consequence the proposals were found acceptable at appeal and the appeal was allowed.

Equestrian Workers Dwelling Stockton

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An application was made for an equestrian workers dwelling in Hartlepool at an existing equestrian centre. The present dwelling at the site is home to the applicants, however following an injury they had been forced into early retirement. The dwelling was also located in a remote location away from services.


As with other applications the submitted Planning Statement covered the issues of a functional need and need for a full time worker. Prism used its experience of calculating labour hours and working with accountants to achieve this.


However the LPA felt that the presence of the first dwelling meant the enterprise was served by a dwelling which provides a suitable alternative to building a second unit. We challenged this at appeal and the council countered that an annex or extension could be appropriate. 


The inspector found that the Client could stay at the property if desired and consequently that the existing dwelling would not be serving the business. In light of this the appeal was allowed.