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Solihull Local Plan Update AND Additional Call for Sites!

Solihull Council has notified us of its Local Plan update, as well as an additional Call for Sites. Further to our end of January website article, the Council have confirmed that they intend to undertake the next consultation on the Draft Local Plan Review this summer. If the Council meet their summer target, they anticipate that the Solihull Local Plan Rev iew would be submitted (together with all representations made in response to the public consultation) to the Secretary of State in the autumn, with an independent examination taking place winter 2020/21, and adoption of the plan in spring/summer 2021. The summer consultation will be the last opportunity to comment on the proposed poli

New Look for Audi Worcester

We have been successful in obtaining planning permission from Worcester City Council for our clients, The Listers Group Ltd., for a ‘re-vamp’ of the existing Audi dealership and workshop on Bromyard Road, Worcester. Our clients own and operate this prestigious motor dealership to the south of the city centre. The premises comprise three buildings, namely separate Audi and VW showrooms which front the main road and a third building to the rear comprising workshop/MoT and a wash-bay facility, together with associated car parking and display areas. The proposal is to enhance the appearance of the Audi showroom by installing new perforated aluminium profiled rainscreen cladding fixed to the exis

Approval for NHS at St. George’s Hospital, Stafford

This sensitive development involved two extensions to the existing Milford House mental health unit in Stafford with external works including security fencing, additional parking and landscaping, located close proximity to residential properties. The proposals would provide the much-needed additional in-patient accommodation, improved operational functionality for health care and enhance the courtyard and gardens, thereby improving the amenity and well-being of patients. Whilst the proposals were acceptable in principle local residents had concerns regards the height of the additional security fencing, the potential for noise from the increased number of patients using the gardens and the o

Blog: The Environment Bill is Back!

The previous attempt to introduce the Environment Bill was thwarted by the dissolution of Parliament in November last year following the Government’s call for a General Election. The consequence for the Environment Bill was that, like Monty Python’s Norwegian Blue parrot, it ceased to be … or was it just resting? A ‘new’ Government and a new year brought with it the Environment Bill 2019-21; back on the agenda, the Bill was given its first reading in the House of Commons on Thursday 30 January 2020. The Environment Bill is effectively comprises two facets: 1) Governance – essentially the setting and monitoring of targets on key priorities, the requirement for a 15-year Environmental Improve

Approval for Expansion of Highway Management Depot

Behind these two buildings, masked from view, is a thriving highway management depot. The depot is located within a designated Core Employment Area with local planning policy aimed at retaining job opportunities. We applied to demolish a retail unit and offices on the site to enable the expansion of the depot. Because of the designation of the area, the proposal could well have been resisted by Birmingham City Council. However, the Council were convinced by the arguments we put forward on behalf of our Client, including how the depot would support an existing business and retain jobs, concluding that the expansion of the business was acceptable in principle. Planning permission was granted

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