Application for 1200 homes


  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.

New homes permitted on Greenfield site despite 38 Degrees petition Against Scheme


Prism made an application for 37 dwellings at the edge of Low Coniscliffe in Darlington. The site was greenfield and undeveloped land. There was significant objection to the application given the nearby village community, in fact a 38 degrees petition was made to try and refuse the proposals. 

However we were able to work with the Council for an application which would contain appropriate surface water drainage, green space and also affordable housing. We also put forward a robust case on the housing supply of the borough and how further housing was required.

The result was an officers recommendation for approval and at committee a speech which resulted in approval for the application. 

New dwelling in Conservation Area Durham


An application was made for a house in the conservation area of an isolated village in Durham. It was a conservation led development which focused on a design which would suit the character of the village. 

We carried out a Heritage Impact Assessment which showed the proposals would not cause harm to the significance of the Conservation Area or nearby listed buildings. We also noted that the village had a Neighbourhood Plan in place, so as well as local policy this policy was also demonstrated to be met by the proposal. 

The result was approval given the site was an infill and the council agreed with out heritage assessment.

Application for a dwelling Hambleton


A three house application in a rural village in North Yorkshire was approved as a result of Prisms understanding of recent changes to Hambletons housing policy. Like many councils Hambleton is facing the daunting task of replacing its outdated local plan which is in excess of 10 years old. They had adopted an interim policy to keep their plan relevant to the government policy. This allowed for rural housing under certain circumstances.

The Planning Statement was focused around proving that the site was appropriate and the proposals met the required criteria. Prisms experience in meeting criteria with developments such as applicaitons under the General Permitted Development Order meant we we able to satisfactorily demonstrate the proposals were acceptable.

Residential Subdivision



In its first planning committee since adopting its Local Plan, Stockton Planning Committee voted to grant the application for the subdivision of a dwelling into two units. 

Prism was brought in for a resubmission as the original application had been refused for being a cramped over development of the plot. Following analysis of the application and a redesign The Planning Statement focused on proving the site was within the Councils sustainable Design Guide SPD for garden space and also that the local character would not be impacted by the proposals.

The Planning Statement submitted with the application showed how the application was suitable for the proposed development and it went into Committee with the Case Officer recommending approval.This is the result of an application which tackled the issues of visual impact, suitable garden sizes and impacts on neighbour amenity from potential additional noise.

If you are looking at subdividing your property and are seeking advise please get in touch for advice.