As a member of the Judging Panel this year, I have been impressed by the excellent planning work of many kinds going on all over the region. All the entries have been of a high standard, but, on balance, Heartlands, which has so many different facets to it, stands out as the overall winner.
RTPI Awards Panel
Our skill sets are ideally utilised to manage our design teams and the input of multi-disciplinary consultants in the preparation of large scale masterplans. We have developed a tried and tested robust methodology which involves Initial Site Analysis, Strategic Options and Development of the Preferred Option stages. We ensure that spatial strategies are coherent, in accordance with planning policies, or are otherwise justifiable, and that deliverables are prepared in such a way as can be used for later formal planning submissions. Our Town Planning team has led and co-ordinated major masterplanning schemes with a cumulative construction value of over £2bn: many of these leading to outline and detailed planning applications.
- White Rock Urban Extension, Devon (£100m capital construction value)
- Frenchay Hospital Redevelopment (Outline Business Case for North Bristol NHS Trust)
- University of Reading Whiteknights Development Plan (£250m)
- University of Chichester Masterplan (£75m)
- University of the West of England New Campus Masterplan (2009: £400m, 2012: £250m)
- Royal Holloway University of London (c£250m)
- Swansea Gower College redevelopment
- Clevedon Hall Mixed Use Redevelopment Scheme
- Cardiff Central Square Masterplan (£200m: project halted due to Council elections)
- Over a dozen Establishment Development Plans for operational military sites.
Consultation procedures will vary according to the nature of the project, the planning status of the site and the local area. We have, and continue to, adopt a flexible approach to consultation with local groups and the public. We have attended and presented complex and controversial proposals to public meetings, prepared and managed exhibitions and evaluated responses in a way that is now being promoted by a Local Planning Authority as a “best practice” in their area.
Our approach, where applicable, also analyses past consultation responses to understand the nature of the past problems in order to seek solutions that break down these barriers to allow redevelopment schemes to proceed.
We have prepared approximately 1,850 planning, listed building, advertisement and inclusive access applications for a major UK bank, securing a 99.3% overall success rate. We have built working relationships with many English and Welsh Planning Authorities and have prepared comprehensive databases to collate client property information as well as “tracker” reports to inform the client, contractors and managing agents in relation to the progress of multiple, simultaneous planning applications.
Stride Treglown undertook a series of national portfolio commissions for Barclays Bank PLC., requiring us to submit in the order of 2,000 individual planning, listed building, advertisement consent, highways consent and plant and machinery applications. We achieved a 99.3% success rate, and subsequently won a number of planning appeals where applications were originally refused.
We have secured planning permission for numerous Primary Schools; operational Healthcare (for both Hospital Trusts private healthcare providers), Military facilities and prisons (several of which involving sensitive heritage issues to resolve); student accommodation schemes; crematoria; and academic and associated facilities for Universities across the UK.