Applications Submitted to Deliver 1,350 Homes, Renfrewshire

Cass Associates have submitted two applications for Planning Permission in Principle, on behalf of BAE Systems, for the delivery of a further 1,350 dwellings in Dargavel Village, Renfrewshire.

The development is located on the former Royal Ordnance Factory Bishopton, one of the largest brownfield sites in Scotland. One application seeks to extend the North West Neighbourhood to deliver an additional 350 dwellings. The other application is for the use of land within the Core Development Area to deliver 1,000 homes on land previously identified for industrial use.

Cass Associates, who have been lead planning, masterplanning and landscape designers for this regeneration project for over 15 years, will continue to monitor and manage the applications through to determination.

Graham Trewhella, Partner at Cass Associates, said:

“This is one of the most important regeneration projects in the Glasgow City Region. It is based on the sustainable principles of recycling previously used land and ensuring that new development is highly accessible for all modes of travel. The new housing now proposed will consolidate the portion of Dargavel Village as a focal point for growth and will be supported by the significant investment in new infrastructure.”

Details of both applications (17/0393/PP and 17/0394/PP) can be found by clicking and searching them here.

Yes for Neston Neighbourhood Plan

Cass Associates’ first neighbourhood plan received ‘yes’ vote at recent referendum

84% of residents of Neston voted ‘yes’ in favour of whether the Neston NP should become part of the statutory development plan for the Neston Neighbourhood Plan Area in a referendum on 5 May.  The plan will be used, alongside the Cheshire West and Chester Local Plan, as the basis for making decisions on planning applications in the area.

Neston Town Council took the decision to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan in 2012.  It established a Community Steering Group (CSG) and a number of Task and Finish groups to undertake this task.  In May 2014 the Town Council commissioned Cass Associates to assist with producing the Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents.

Cass Associates worked closely with the CSG and liaised with Cheshire West and Chester Council to produce a draft Neighbourhood Plan and Sustainability Appraisal in January 2015.  Cass Associates also assisted in preparing consultation leaflets and advising statutory consultees of the consultation process.

Following the consultation exercise Cass Associates liaised with the CSG in analysing the 278 responses received and proposing changes to the Neighbourhood Plan.  The Submission Version Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents were submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council in September 2015.  14 responses were received and taken into consideration by the Examiner when the Neighbourhood Plan was examined in February 2016.  It was dealt with through written representations and found, subject to minor modifications, to meet the ‘basic conditions’.  Cass Associates made the ‘recommended’ changes to the Neighbourhood Plan completing the Referendum Version of the Neighbourhood Plan in March 2016.

Peter Hamilton, Partner at Cass Associates said ‘I am delighted for the CSG, the Town Council and the community within Neston that the Neighbourhood Plan has received such overwhelming support at the Referendum.  It is testament to the hard work of members of the CSG and others in the community that have volunteered their time to the cause.  I hope that the Neighbourhood Plan will deliver more locally-based decisions on planning applications in the future and provide a platform to progress locally-derived projects for the benefit of Neston, its community and its environment’.

Consultation on Draft Neighbourhood Plan

Public consultation on the North Claines draft neighbourhood plan started on 6 November for 6 weeks.

Cass Associates has been working with North Claines Parish Council to prepare a neighbourhood plan.  The Parish is located to the north of Worcester in the District of Wychavon.  The draft plan has been developed following previous consultation with local residents and analysis of available evidence.  The emerging South Worcestershire Development Plan proposes two large residential allocations in the Parish.

The draft neighbourhood plan seeks to ensure that these developments are properly integrated into both its urban and rural context.  It also seeks to designate a Local Retail Area and Local Heritage Area within the Parish’s main village, Fernhill Heath.  There is also a longer term aspiration for a rail based Park and Ride site and an education, health and community hub to be provided within the Parish.

Cass Associates have assisted the Parish Council in organising the public consultation which includes three exhibitions as well as sending out of summary leaflet to every household in the Parish.

Neston Neighbourhood Plan

Neston Neighbourhood Plan Submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Cass Associates were commissioned by Neston Town Council In June 2014 to assist it with preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.  Following a review of the evidence base and an assessment of policy options a Draft Plan was produced in December 2014.  The Town Council approved this in mid-December for public consultation which took place at the end of January 2015 for 6 weeks.  Following an analysis of the responses to the consultation we revised the Plan which along with a Sustainability Appraisal, Basic Conditions Statement, Consultation Statement and Evidence Base Report was approved for submission by the Town Council on 3 September.

Cheshire West and Chester Council will be undertaking a 6 week public consultation on the plan from 12 October before it will go forward for independent Examination.

Large Regeneration Projects UK

Continuing Involvement in One of the Largest Regeneration Projects in the UK.

We have maintained a continuous involvement for over 15 years providing planning, masterplanning, landscape design and urban design services.

The former Royal Ordnance site near to Glasgow Airport is almost 1,000 hectares in extent.  The ongoing investment to transform the site into a mixed use community growth area represents one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK.

The project is well underway and our role is as strong as ever.  We represent BAE Systems who is the site owner and principal developer involved in land remediation, the provision of infrastructure and the delivery of community facilities including an extensive green infrastructure framework.  We work as a key member of the project delivery team involved with infrastructure, landscape and planning matters.  We also liaise regularly with the four house developers who are currently active on the site providing guidance on how individual parcels of housing are integrated into a wider masterplan framework.  This is a regeneration project on an exceptional scale and we are fully committed to assisting with its delivery.

Planning Submission at Westhoughton

Landscape team support planning submission at Westhoughton.

Cass Associates provided urban design, masterplanning and landscape services to support an application for 300 houses on land to the east of Westhoughton on behalf of Persimmon Homes and Harcourt Developments.  We also produced the display boards for the public consultation event in November 2014 which was attended by members of our planning and landscape team.  Tasks included developing the masterplan, producing the landscape strategy and design, undertaking the Landscape Visual Impact Assessment for the Environmental Statement and producing the Design and Access Statement for the proposals.

Calderstones Mansion House

Planning and Listed Building Consent has been granted to redevelop a Grade 2 listed Mansion House.

Following our successful refurbishment of the café, the former coach house, stables and barn at Calderstones we have now secured the final piece to the jigsaw with the approval to develop Calderstones Mansion House into an international flagship centre for shared reading on behalf of The Reader Organisation.

The centre will encourage people to share the pleasure and power of great literature though reading groups, literary events and festivals. The building will be transformed to provide a base for education and training, provide high quality conference, meeting and events facilities and offer park visitors the opportunity to engage with the building though the public café and gallery spaces.

The historic Garden Theatre and lawn will also be reopened for concerts and performances.

Calderstones ‘Story Barn’ Completed

Grade II listed barn and stables became a landmark children’s centre.

Following on from the refurbishment of the former coach house and café of Caldertsones Mansion, the Grade II listed former barn and stableblock have now been transformed into a series of multi-functional activity and play spaces to provide an immersive, interactive and educational environment for the promotion of reading and Imagineering, together with a small retail facility.

The buildings have been repaired to conservation standards and ‘de-cluttered’ to remove recent additions and partitions and reveal the original structure and clear sense of space.

This exciting project, which began on site in February 2015, is the next phase in Cass Associates’ ongoing work to regenerate the Grade II listed Calderstones Estate as an international centre for reading on behalf of The Reader Organisation.