DPDS have obtained outline planning consent for the development of 24 residential units at Newcastle under Lyme on behalf of a community drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation service.
Following detailed site survey work, a scheme was designed for the demolition of an existing surplus 1960’s building, the conversion of a Victorian Lodge to 4 flats and the construction of up to 20 dwellings across the remainder of the site. A hybrid planning application was submitted for the proposed development accompanied by an illustrative masterplan which sought to retain the majority of the existing trees on the site and required careful consideration to address site topography issues. The illustrative masterplan also incorporated a site wide sustainable drainage scheme
The development will provide a mix of flats, terraced, semi-detached and detached houses with 25% of the dwellings affordable. Negotiations with the Local Planning Authority ensured that site development could be maximised through an agreement to provide a financial contribution to off-site open space.
Despite providing a site access arrangement which met required standards and received Highway Authority support, Members raised initial concerns regarding the achievement of site access visibility in real terms due to local parking issues. DPDS presented additional evidence at Committee to allayed their concerns and subsequently gain their support for the proposal.
Following the signing of the Section 106 Agreement, the site will shortly be marketed for sale.