Planning for the future

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Planning for the future

March 2016

retford planning

A resolution to grant planning permission, subject to a S106, has been achieved for a landmark mixed use development in Retford. The proposal comprises the development of up to 196 dwellings and 11 hectares of employment land including high values uses around a new roundabout. The site occupies land to the east and west of North Road, to the North of Retford, and lies in part adjacent to a new D and B scheme dealt with by the Retford Commercial team.

Background

The success comes after years of hard work promoting the site through the planning process. Working with the Local Planning Authority, the Fisher German Planning Team, supported by the Commercial Team, achieved a site allocation within the Council’s Site Allocations Development Plan Document and subsequently prepared and submitted an outline planning application for the mixed use development. In so doing, the team pushed the housing figures beyond those originally sought by the Council (optimising Councils lack of demonstrable 5 year housing supply) and incorporated a number of commercial uses within the scheme beyond the standard B uses originally envisaged by the Council. This truly was a team effort with the commercial surveyors working closely with the planning team using their in depth knowledge of the local and regional market to assist in overcoming potential opposition to such a varied and exciting scheme.

Scope of Scheme 

As well as housing, the scheme includes scope for a car showroom, a 100 bed hotel, family pub, some retail along with office and industrial uses to create a sustainable mixed use urban extension.

The residential element of the development along with the commercial uses around the proposed roundabout on North Road will enable significant investment to be undertaken to install the roads and service networks bring forward the employment land.

The Council is very much in support of the development considering it key to the Council's ambition to attract investment, increase employment opportunities and enable additional housing. The Local Enterprise Partnership, D2N2, has recently incorporated the site in the marketing material it is taking to MIPIM.

The site is currently being marketed by the Fisher German Development Team to find a joint venture development partner to bring the scheme forward in a phased manner.

Award winning team 

The Fisher German Planning Team works on a wide variety of projects including small and large scale commercial, residential and mixed use sites. The Team has grown to 12 town planners working across the Fisher German office network and has been awarded East Midlands RTPI Planning Consultancy of the year at the recent 2015 East Midlands Planning Awards.

For further information on this project or anything to do with Planning, please contact Liberty Stones email here or Kay Davies email here.

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