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    Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm Consented

    10 December 2014

    Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm Consented


    This morning the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change made the Development Consent Order, granting consent to Hornsea Project One, the first of the Round 3 Hornsea offshore wind development zone projects. Developed by SMart Wind, a joint venture between Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Project Ventures, and owned jointly with Dong Energy, this 1.2 GW project will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world. Located over 100 km off the Yorkshire coast, the turbine array will cover an area of 407 km2. Marine cables will make landfall at Horseshoe Point, south of Grimsby in Lincolnshire. The 40 km onshore cable route will connect to National Grid’s North Killingholme substation in north Lincolnshire, via the project’s HVDC converter/HVAC substation.

    RPS has supported SMart Wind in the offshore and onshore environmental assessment; from onshore cable routing decisions and choices on location of converter/substations, through negotiations with statutory and non-statutory consultees and public consultation, to the preparation of two consultation rounds on draft environmental statements. The offshore and onshore technical consultancy and report authorship provided by RPS included the comprehensive range of marine and terrestrial, biological and human environmental topics.

    Image courtesy of SMartWind.

    During the Examination, RPS further supported SMart Wind, providing responses to the Examining Authority’s questions, additional documents, input into the Development Consent Order and expert witnesses.

    The detailed design of the project will be finalised and implemented in accordance with the requirements of the DCO. Project One is scheduled to commence operation by 2020, when it will become the world’s first gigawatt scale wind farm far from shore.

    RPS is the Highest Earning Planning Consultancy

    24 November 2014

    RPS is the Highest Earning Planning Consultancy


    RPS incorporating CgMs leads the fee tables and is the largest planner in London.

    Results of the Planning Consultancy Survey 2014 in Planning Magazine published by Haymarket Media on 21st November 2014 once more ranks RPS as the UK’s highest earning planning consultancy by some margin. RPS is also the largest employer of planners in London.

    The report says: ‘RPS Group remains the UK’s highest-earning planning consultancy by some way. It was boosted by this summer’s acquisition of CgMs, which posted a 2012/13 turnover of around £8million’.

    Most planning consultancies have benefitted from a rise in demand for planning and environmental consultancy services as the demand for residential planning services has mushroomed. Housing and mixed-use development made up a quarter of RPS’ earnings from the planning sector last year.

    RPS is quoted as noting the rising demand for environmental impact assessment (EIA) skills and specialist input for prior approval applications under permitted development revisions including advice on flood risk, land contamination and transport access in particular. Masterplanning is also a growth area, with the planners and environmental consultants advising on policy issues.

    RPS topped the fee earning polls in six of the ten market sector fee tables, including those for Mixed-use Brownfield, Mixed-use Greenfield, Commercial and Industrial, Energy, Waste, and Leisure, Tourism and Sport. RPS came a close second in Residential, Retail Planning and Water, and third behind Atkins and Arup in Transport Planning. This marks the first year that RPS has featured in the top three for all the market sector fee tables in this annual survey.

    RPS Accredited for ESOS Audit Assessments

    20 November 2014

    RPS Accredited for ESOS Audit Assessments


    Thomas Vazakas of RPS' London Cornhill office is one of the first 30 people in the UK to be accredited as an ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) Lead Auditor. The ESOS regulations will have a significant impact on thousands of companies that operate in UK and many of RPS' clients will need certified ESOS Lead Assessors to deliver ESOS compliant energy audits and ensure compliance with the new regulations.

    ESOS is a mandatory energy auditing scheme for large companies. The scheme is the UK's implementation of Article 8 of the European Energy Efficiency Directive and its scope is wider than current carbon schemes, such as CRC, as it covers all parts of an organisation's energy consumption – buildings, industrial processes and transport.

    An organisation will fall within the scope of ESOS if it is:

    1. An undertaking which has 250 or more employees in the UK;

    2. An undertaking which has fewer than 250 employees, but has an annual turnover exceeding €50m and a balance sheet exceeding €43m; or

    3. Is part of a corporate group which includes an undertaking which meets criteria (1) or (2) above.

    Any companies that meet any of these three criteria by 31st December 2014 will have to participate in ESOS and the first ESOS report must be submitted to the Environment Agency by December 2015.

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    Dr David Lee (Divisional Managing Director) advised ”As one of the very first accredited ESOS Energy Auditors in the UK, and with his proven commercial and technical expertise, Thomas and the London Sustainability and Energy team are ideally placed to advise the many companies who will be affected by this new legislation“.

    No. 1 Riverside - Winning for Rochdale

    13 November 2014

    No. 1 Riverside - Winning for Rochdale

    UK municipal offices secure three prestigious British awards.

    Rochdale’s new municipal offices are a key component of the overall regeneration of the town. Not only that but the Riverside building on the site of the main former council offices and Yelloways bus depot is also proving itself as a clear winner.

    No. 1 Riverside has just been awarded the British Council for Offices’ National Award for the best UK workplace of 2014, and best UK corporate workplace. As Phase 1 of the overall regeneration, the landmark building is a strong catalyst for future investment in the region, combining several former council facilities previously located at various sites and delivering around 28,000m² of local authority office space with a brand new public library, council customer services point and a café. The awards were presented earlier this month in London, and follow the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Building of the Year Award for 2013 received earlier this year.

    RPS provided mechanical and electrical engineering design including construction monitoring, acoustics advice and BREEAM services consultancy for No. 1 Riverside.

    The BREEAM Excellent building benefits from a biomass boiler, solar thermal panels, photovoltaic energy technology and mixed-mode ventilation. All these technologies compliment the strong sustainable credentials of the building. Use of more open-plan working and public spaces reduces overall energy use in the offices and public spaces as well as optimising accessibility and flexibility of use.

    All images in this news article are copyright Hufton & Crow, shown here with kind permission.

    CIBSE Medal for RPS Building Services Director

    28 October 2014

    CIBSE Medal for RPS Building Services Director

    RPS Birmingham Building Services Director Dave Callaghan has been awarded the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Bronze Medal. 

    The UK award recognises long and active committee service (including holding office for at least three years) of ten or more years, and major contribution to the Institution’s work in connection with a region, branch or group.

    Dave has been a member of CIBSE’s West Midlands Regional Committee for over twelve years – as Chairman for three of those years, and as Vice Chairman for two of them. He has represented the West Midlands at national level and sat on inter institutional committees such as the Construction Industry Council on behalf of CIBSE.

    CIBSE membership has enabled Dave to travel UK-wide as a representative of the professional body, sharing key knowledge and information, working with other members and attending roadshows and education conferences. He has helped to raise over £30,000 so far for the CIBSE Benevolent Fund and regional charities including Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Help for Heroes.

    “The award means a great deal as it is a nominated award instigated by my fellow professionals within the West Midlands region”. says Dave “and knowing that this award is very rarely given on a regional basis is a real honour.”

    Ian Thomason, Managing Director of RPS Planning and Developments’ national Building Services team added “Being awarded this honour by his professional peer group is a fantastic achievement for Dave. He becomes only the second recipient of the Bronze Medal in the West Midlands Region of CIBSE in the last decade and the award is deserved recognition for his contribution to his Professional Institute over a period spanning many years.”

    Image shows RPS’ Dave Callaghan being presented the medal and certificate by the current CIBSE West Midlands Chairman Dr. Eric Roberts.

    RPS Hosts PTRC Transport Conference in London

    16 October 2014

    RPS Hosts PTRC Transport Conference in London

    PTRC Transport Planning Conference at London Cornhill office. 
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    On 30th September the RPS Cornhill office was the venue for PTRC’s conference on “Successful Planning Applications for Transport Practitioners”. PTRC Education and Research Services Ltd is the leading organiser of training for the transport industry in the UK and is owned by the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport. It was therefore an excellent opportunity for RPS to host the event which involved 12 external speakers from high-profile organisations in the sector presenting to young professionals from both the private sector and local authorities. Alison Goddard and Alice Nolan of the Transport team also attended the conference.

    The presenters were from a range of leading companies and organisation including TfL. Between them a wide range of themes were discussed including the planning process, mitigation of transport impacts, pre-application discussions, sustainable transport initiatives, travel planning and construction logistic plans. Richard Stacey, from the Oxford office, delivered the presentation prepared with Alison Goddard on “Transport Statements and Assessments” which was illustrated with case studies including recent work on the planning application for West Midland Safari Park. The presentation covered the purpose and role of the reports as well as their content and when they are required. The “referral process” for certain planning applications submitted to the London boroughs, which was relevant to the work of several members within the audience, was also included.

    All of the presenters highlighted the importance of engaging in pre-application discussions with the local planning authority and highway authority, and occasionally the Highways Agency / Welsh Government / Transport Scotland, when preparing the transport elements of a planning application. Other key debates included the mitigation of public transport impacts as part of new developments and the additional stakeholders involved in scoping work for London projects.

    Excellent feedback was received from PTRC on the quality of Cornhill as a venue and the organisation support received from the team there. It is pleasing that Richard has been invited to present on the same topic again at PTRC’s conference hosted in Manchester in January 2015.

    Commenting on the success of the day, Richard said “It was a privilege to be able to host this important conference for the key provider of training within our industry sector. The excellent facilities and staff at Cornhill were scored highly in delegate feedback. Hosting and presenting at the conference has certainly helped to raise the profile of RPS and our capability within the industry”.

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    RPS welcomes CgMs Consulting to the Group

    20 August 2014

    RPS welcomes CgMs Consulting to the Group

    RPS is pleased to announce that independent UK planning consultant CgMs Consulting has joined the Group effective from 11th August 2014.

    Formed in 1997, CgMs provides independent specialist advice to a range of UK clients and has achieved a number of national recognitions including securing one of the UK’s largest commercial planning permissions for Veridion’s 562,000m² inland port in north east England’s green belt.

    CgMs is headquartered in London with further offices in Cheltenham, Newark, Manchester and Edinburgh. RPS is noted as one of the largest planning and environmental consultancies globally and this latest acquisition boosts RPS’ planning, archaeology and heritage/historic buildings staff base in the UK as the pace of development picks up.

    Image note: CgMs’ strategic planning advice portfolio includes The Shard in London.

    Sun is Shining with Solar Park Permission

    15 August 2014

    Sun is Shining with Solar Park Permission

    RPS helps secure permission for a 9MW Solar Park in Worcestershire, UK

    RPS continues to play its part in delivering new renewable energy capacity in the UK with the approval of a 9MW Solar Park in June. The permission is the latest in a stream of renewable energy projects for which RPS has secured consent in recent months including a commercial glasshouse development using heat from a nearby EfW facipty in May and two biomass powered renewable energy projects in April.

    The 9MW Solar Park, to be developed on land at Rotherdale Farm in Worcestershire, was approved by Wychavon District Council on the 19th June 2014. The development was considered to be in accordance with the National Planning Practice Guidance for Large Scale Photovoltaic Farms which seeks to steer development away from good quapty agricultural land whilst providing much needed renewable energy to the national grid.

    This latest planning consent follows a previous consent for a 5MW Solar Park on adjacent fields at the farm, for which RPS secured permission in January 2013 and which has recently been constructed. In combination, the approved Solar Park developments will provide up to 14MW of electrical energy which will not only increase Wychavon’s renewable energy contribution but will strengthen the local grid in the area and help this important local employer to maintain its competitive edge in the market place.

    RPS Planning and Development provided planning, environmental and project management support for the planning apppcation which was supported by the following technical assessments:

    Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment;

    Flood Risk Assessment;

    and an Ecological Appraisal

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    Andrew Bille, the Director of Evesham Vale Growers (the parent company of Vale Green Energy) commented that:

    "This is a great result and will strengthen our business going forward. This is the second Solar Permission that RPS has helped to us to secure and we have been very pleased with the services provided."

    RPS also secured planning permission for improvements to the security system at the operational 5MW Aylesford Solar Park this June on behalf of Kent Solar Security, having secured the original permission for the development back in late 2011.

    RPS is a market leading consultancy with extensive experience in the Renewable Energy sector. For more information, download one of the following Capabipty Sheets:


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    RPS Operational Director Co-authors New Odour Guidance for IAQM

    01 August 2014

    RPS Operational Director Co-authors New Odour Guidance for IAQM

    New guidance addresses odour assessment best practice methods and planning significance. 

    The Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) has published new guidance on odour assessment for planning.

    The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires the effects of pollution on health, the natural environment or general amenity to be taken into account in planning decisions. The NPPF definition of pollution specifically includes odour.

    However, until now, there has been little guidance on how best to carry out an odour impact assessment; and none on how to assess the significance of the effects for planning purposes. The IAQM guidance, released on 20th May, addresses both of these areas.

    Dr Jon Pullen, Operational Director at RPS` Brighton office, was a co-author of the guidance and has prepared a brief summary of some essential points:

    IAQM Odour Assessment for Planning Guidance

    The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires the effects of pollution on health, the natural environment or general amenity to be taken into account in planning decisions. The NPPF definition of pollution specifically includes odour. There are two general scenarios where an assessment of the impact of odour may be required for planning applications:

    a) When the proposed land-use activity is itself a potentially significant source of odours (e.g. wastewater treatment, waste management, food and drink, industrial and agricultural activities); or

    b) When a sensitive use (e.g. residential development) is being proposed near to an existing odorous activity and may be affected by it.

    However, until now, there has little guidance on how best to carry out an odour impact assessment; and none on how to assess the significance of the predicted effects for planning purposes. The Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) – the only UK professional body specifically for air quality practitioners – has issued guidance that addresses both of these needs.

    Good practice for assessment of odour impacts

    The air quality section of the NPPG advises that “Assessments should be proportionate to the nature and scale of development proposed and the level of concern about air quality, and because of this are likely to be locationally specific.” The IAQM guidance helps put some flesh on these bones by summarising:

    i. what an odour impact assessment for planning purposes should cover; and

    ii. the different assessment tools that can be used, highlighting their applications and limitations. Typical assessment tools include qualitative predictive assessments, detailed atmospheric dispersion modelling, and odour monitoring by “Sniff Tests”.

    The IAQM guidance requires the air quality professional to justify that the assessment approach used is suitable and proportionate.

    Guidance on odour-sensitive receptors

    Properly categorising receptor sensitivities is therefore crucial to a robust assessment of odour effects. Hitherto there has been little official guidance on this; the IAQM has therefore developed a sensitivity classification scheme based on the concept of reasonable expectation of amenity.

    Judging the significance of odour effects

    For something as subjective as odour, the significance of the effect is a matter of judgement that cannot easily be defined by scientific methods alone and ideally requires a wider societal or stakeholder consensus to be arrived at. The IAQM guidance proposes a general framework of descriptors for the magnitude of effects resulting from the odour impact on a receptor of a particular sensitivity. This framework will be kept under review to benefit from the feedback of affected or interested parties, be they air quality practitioners, EIA specialists, planners, or communities.


    Download this important guidance from the IAQM website at

    RPS secures planning permission for two commercial greenhouses

    12 June 2014

    RPS secures planning permission for two commercial greenhouses

    Leading consultancy RPS Group Plc helps to secure a positive outcome for SITA UK Ltd and Stirling Suffolk as their commercial greenhouse project in Little Blakenham, Suffolk gets the green light.

    This exciting development will allow Stirling Suffolk to provide local produce, helping to reduce food miles and increase the UK’s self-reliance for food. The use of renewable energy, in the form of heat, from SITA’s nearby Energy from Waste (EfW) facility provides further environmental benefits improving the schemes sustainability credentials. It will also allow Stirling Suffolk to reduce the operational costs of growing tomatoes, thus providing it with a comparative advantage in the marketplace helping to promote locally grown produce.

    The development concept originated from the opportunity to utilise surplus heat from the nearby Great Blakenham EfW facility for which RPS secured planning permission in 2011 and which is in the final stage of construction.

    The approved greenhouse development includes:

       The erection of two greenhouses on cultivated agricultural fields. The greenhouses will be approximately 500m long by 200m wide with a height of approximately 7m to the ridge;

       The installation of an underground pipeline between the nearby Energy from Waste facility and the site which will transport heat, in the form of water, to the greenhouses;

       The diversion of a public footpath which currently crosses the development site.

    RPS was appointed to prepare the planning application and supporting technical assessments including those for air quality, transport, ecology, flood risk, noise, landscape and visual impact, arboriculture, archaeology and agricultural land classification.

    The application was submitted in December 2013 and was granted conditional approval (subject to the provision of archaeological trial trenching and percolation testing) in May 2014.


    “This has been a great project to work on and serves to illustrate that the utilisation of heat from Energy from Waste plants is not only possible but provides significant environmental, social and commercial benefit” advises RPS’ Sharon Queeney, Principal Planner. Cliff Matthews, regional manager for energy-from-waste, who has worked tirelessly with local landowners to get the greenhouse project off the ground said: “The planning process now requires archaeological investigations and percolation tests to prove the flood design. Once these are complete, the project has a green light to start development work. I am confident we can be up and running by the end of next year.”

    Attending AD & Biogas 2014?

    AD & Biogas is the UK’s only trade show dedicated exclusively to Anaerobic Digestion and biogas. Why not come and visit our stand at this year's event and chat to one of our consultants to find out how we can support your project.

    You can find our team on stand P073, at the NEC from 2-3rd July.

    Information on the British Standard BS 42020:2013 Biodiversity - Code of Practice for Planning and Development

    15 May 2014

    Information on the British Standard BS 42020:2013 Biodiversity - Code of Practice for Planning and Development

    Published in August 2013, the Code provides guidance and recommendations, recognised by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), to which developers, local authorities and consultant ecologists should operate and undertake ecological appraisals.

    The standard sets out a rigorous professional, scientific and consistent approach to gathering, analysing, presenting and reviewing information at key stages of the planning application process. It provides advice to ecology practitioners, local authorities and other professionals involved in the preparation and determination of planning applications. It also provides a standard for evaluation of ecological appraisals to inform planning applications for proposed developments.

    It is anticipated that the Code will eventually be cited by local authorities for planning submission purposes, so it is useful to know how it works and how it can and should be used.

    In short, the Code emphasises that:

       appropriately qualified and experienced ecologists should carry out all ecology based work;

       all relevant legislation should be adhered to strictly (e.g. legislation relating to protected or invasive species);

       ecological appraisals should be submitted concurrently with planning applications;

       timing is critical when carrying out surveys and mitigation works; and

       not all recommendations within this standard will be applicable to every planning application and a judgement will therfore need to be made on which parts of the standard apply in each case.

    Our Services

    By carrying out an ecological appraisal early in the planning process, ecological constraints can be identified giving you the best chance at avoiding delays and additional costs. With RPS you will have access to expert advice provided by a large team of experienced ecologists. You will be able to focus on other aspects of the planning and development process as RPS can manage all ecology based work through all stages of development in a timely and professional manner.

    Download our Capability Statement to find out more about our Ecology services

    New British Standard shaping the future of tree-related planning conditions

    24 March 2014

    New British Standard shaping the future of tree-related planning conditions

    RPS' Arboriculture & Forestry team can support your project through the whole tree planting process

    The new British standard entitled BS 8545 Young Trees: from Nursery to Independence in the Landscape recognises that successful tree selection, planting and aftercare is a complex process involving specialist disciplines. It confirms that getting it right first time saves money and delivers a quality result that provides an important contribution to the local landscape for decades.

    With its multi-disciplinary team, sound commercial awareness and many years of practical experience, RPS is well-placed to offer value for money advice on the whole tree planting process from site appraisal, design and specification to technical advice on establishment, aftercare management and practice.

    Our comprehensive service offers specialist advice on the following:

       Site appraisals to inform appropriate tree choices.

       Design process which understands the respective characteristics of different trees species and their capacity to realise project aims and objectives.

       Clear, comprehensive specification and management plans.

       Detailed expert stock inspection at nursery and point of delivery.

       Tree aftercare so they can flourish in the landscape without excessive maintenance.

    Download our Arboriculture & Forestry services Capability Brochure to find out more about our comprehensive services.

    New National Planning Guidance & Permitted Development Rights

    07 March 2014

    New National Planning Guidance & Permitted Development Rights

    RPS Planning Update

    A Written Ministerial Statement was issued by the Secretary of State for Planning, Nick Boles, on the 6th March 2014, providing an update on how the Government is progressing changes to the planning system to make it simpler, clearer and easier for people to use. He introduced the following significant changes as part of this process.

    The Secretary of State drew particular attention to a number of topical issues dealt with in the new guidance, including:

    Emphasising a robust position on development on flood risk sites

    Confirming the prioritisation of the Green Belt over unmet housing need

    Making clear that local plans can pass the test of soundness where authorities have not been able to identify land for growth in years 11 to 15 of thier local plan

    On the five year supply of sites, confirming that assessments are not automatically outdated by new household projections

    Local Authorities with Joint Plans can combine their 5 year land requirements now

    Clarifying aspects of housing need assessment

    Ensuring that infrastructure to support development is provided and its relevance is recognised in assessing site suitability

    Providing for the delivery record of developers and land owners to be taken into account by Councils

    Introducing guidance on renewable energy, including confirmation of the relevance of visual impact to solar farm proposals

    Clarification of prematurity as a reason for refusal of planning permission

    Clarification of the duty to co-operate between local authorities.

    National Planning Practice Guidance

    This is a final version of web-based guidance following consultation in 2013 and is the first time planning practice guidance has been available entirely online. The intention is for all the information to be located in one place making it more usable and accessible with easy links between the National Planning Policy Framework and related planning practice guidance. From the 6th March 2014 the previous guidance documents being replaced by the new guidance are cancelled.

    The online planning guidance is divided into the following topics and can be accessed in full at

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    - Air Quality
    - Appeals
    - Before submitting an application
    - Climate Change
    - Conserving and enhancing the historic environment
    - Consultation and pre-decision matters
    - Crown Development
    - Design
    - Determining a planning application
    - Duty to cooperate
    - Ensuring effective enforcement
    - Ensuring the vitality of town centres
    - Environmental Impact Assessment
    - Flexible options for planning permissions
    - Flood Risk and Coastal Change
    - Hazardous Substances
    - Health and wellbeing
    - Housing and economic development needs assessment
    - Housing and economic land availability assessment
    - Land affected by contamination
    - Land Stability

    - Lawful development certificates
    - Light Pollution
    - Local Plans
    - Making an application
    - Minerals
    - Natural Environment
    - Neighbourhood Planning
    - Noise
    - Open space, sports and recreation facilities, public rights of way and local green space
    - Planning obligations
    - Renewable and low carbon energy
    - Rural Housing
    - Strategic environmental assessment and sustainability appraisal
    - Travel plans, transport assessments and statements in decision-taking
    - Tree Preservation Orders and trees in conservation areas
    - Use of Planning Conditions
    - Viability
    - Water supply, waste water and water quality
    - When is permission required?

    Encouraging re-use of empty and under-used buildings

    In August 2013, a consultation paper was issued on a further set of greater flexibilities for change of use. The purpose of the changes is to save time and money for applicants and councils, encourage the re-use of empty and under-used buildings and further support brownfield regeneration while ensuring regard to potential flood risk. Following the consultation, the following changes are proposed:

    New homes: retail to residential change of use: Reforms will allow change of use from shops (A1) and financial and professional services (A2) to houses (C3). This change of use will not apply to land protected by Article 1(5) of the General Permitted Development Order (National Parks, the Broads, areas of outstanding natural beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites). In addition, to increase access to retail banking and to encourage new entrants to the market, shops (A1) will be able to change to banks, building societies, credit unions and friendly societies, within the A2 use class. This does not cover betting shops or payday loan shops.

    New homes: agricultural to residential change of use: Reforms will allow up to 450 square metres of agricultural buildings on a farm to change to provide a maximum of three houses. This change of use will not apply in Article 1(5) land (see above).

    Change of use: Extending access to education: The Government proposes to extend the existing permitted development rights for change of use to state-funded schools to additionally cover registered nurseries. Agricultural buildings up to 500 square metres will also be able to change to state-funded schools and registered nurseries.

    Should you wish to discuss any of the changes above further, please do not hesitate to contact your usual RPS contact.

    RPS ‘one-stop-shop’ service sees mixed-use development site move a major step closer to outline planning consent

    06 February 2014

    RPS ‘one-stop-shop’ service sees mixed-use development site move a major step closer to outline planning consent

    RPS is pleased to secure a positive outcome on behalf of Mosaic Estates as Cheshire East Council resolves to grant outline planning permission for a sustainable, mixed-use development on land to the north west of Nantwich.

    On february 5th, the council’s Strategic Planning Board praised the scheme as “logical and well-conceived” and unanimously resolved to delegate the granting of permission to officers in consultation with the Committee Chairman and Ward Councillors with negotiation over parts of the S106 package.

    RPS provided a multi-disciplinary range of services for the strategic promotion, outline planning application and environmental statement on behalf of Mosaic Estates. The proposals include a residential development of 1,100 dwellings, a mixed-use local centre, a diversion to the A51, a new distributor road link to the west of the town and an open space network including a riverside park. The site is adjacent to the Nantwich urban area and forms a logical extension to the town. The proposals respect the historic Nantwich Battlefield, that adjoins the area and accommodates the river flood plain.

    Mark Sackett, Project Lead Consultant and Senior Director at RPS:

    “We will be working with the officers and our clients to press to get the S106 terms fully agreed and see permission granted by the summer. This scheme is an excellent example of the multi-disciplinary approach RPS is renowned for. Our project team has included technical specialists from a range of disciplines including urban design, transport, landscape, ecology, air quality, acoustics, contamination, waste and archaeology. Our efficient ability to bring all of these services together has helped ensure a successful outcome for our client”

    A consortium of house builders is agreeing terms with the landowners to deliver the site through a single comprehensive reserved matters application which will deliver much needed new homes in the area.