Prism Planning have acted for Nifco UK in respect of a number of planning applications relating to their site at Durham Lane, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees.

Nifco UK specialise in the manufacture and supply of functional plastics parts from plastic fasteners to dampers and grab handles for the automotive industries as well as offering an injection mouldings service.  They supply plastic parts to all major motor manufacturers presently operating in the UK, including Nissan, Toyota, Honda and Ford.

We first acted for Nifco UK in 2010, obtaining planning permission for them in February 2011 for their new 118,000sq.ft factory unit at the Durham Lane site, which allowed them to relocate from their old and out-dated premises off Yarm Lane, Stockton-on-Tees.  Such was the success of the factory that Nifco sought to expand and in April 2013 we obtained planning permission for a second (69,000sq.ft) manufacturing and storage building at the Durham Lane, site.

Subsequently, we obtained planning permission on behalf of Nifco UK for minor revisions to the approved plans for the second factory unity in May 2014; revised entrance arrangements to the site, including new security barriers, in August 2014; confirmation in January 2017 that providing extract ventilation units to the first building was ‘permitted development’ and did not require the submission of a planning application permission; and planning permission for the roofing over of an external storage area in August 2018.   

Snowdome, Middlehaven



The promotion of the Snow Dome on land at Middlehaven was one of the most exciting projects for Prism to have been involved in -its certainly not the sort of project that crops up on a regular basis. 

The site, located in between the Middlehaven Dock and Middlesbrough College will eventually provide the town with a highly prestigious leisure destination  that will draw its clientele from a wide part of the north of the Country. The outline consent obtained by Prism not only addressed the provision of a major new snow slope, but also proposed a wide range of other leisure uses, alongside a range of ancillary shops, cafes and restaurants. 

The detailed design of a building of this nature is understandably a complex subject and a team of specialist architects are working on this now, with a reserved matter application expected sometime during the course of 2019.

Yarm Country Club



Another key leisure scheme consent obtained by Prism, this involved a new leisure club anchored around a swimming pool, with ancillary fitness facilities, studios and ancillary office space. 

An unusual feature of this application was the desire of the client to seek to grow a significant amount of his own produce that would be cooked in the on site restaurant as well as a long term aspiration to grow grapes for wine production on the south facing slope under the leisure complex. 

Being located on a greenfield site, close to Yarm, considerable attention had to be paid to the visual impact and highway issues associated with the use. A reserved matters application is nearing its final stages of preparation and will be submitted for approval in 2019.

Mainsgill Farm Shop



We obtained planning permission for the significant expansion of the Mainsgill Farm Shop & Tea Room, situated just off the A66 at Mainsgill Farm, East Layton, North Yorkshire.

The Farm shop and tea room had operated successfully for a number of years, so successful that additional floorspace was required to cope with customer numbers and demand.  The development involved the extension and conjoining of the two existing buildings that constituted the Mainsgill Farm Shop and Tea Rooms business, including the associated butchery building.  The approved development, sensitively designed to resemble traditional stone-built farm buildings, provided additional floor space enabling an expansion of both the public (retail) floor area and the preparation, storage, office and staff areas and represented a further stage in the diversification of the applicants’ farming business.