Thursday, 3 July 2014

Topps Tiles - Bury space ready to go

NEWS Cutting - Insider News 03 July 2014
Flooring retailer Topps Tiles has agreed to take space in Bury. The business will move into a trade counter premises on Webb Street which was previously occupied by Pendle Designs.
The property has been remodelled and refurbished to suit the company's requirements.
Paul Nolan, director of Nolan Redshaw, the sole agent on the property, said: "We are delighted to secure this letting on behalf of our client who has worked closely with Topps Tiles to refurbish this building to suit their needs and we are delighted with the finished product.
"It also follows on from the successful letting we did to Screwfix at the adjacent building twelve months ago and shows that well-presented properties in the right location will attract high calibre occupiers."
Nolan Redshaw and MAZE Planning Solutions acted on behalf of a private client and Topps Tiles was unrepresented. 

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Woodland holiday homes approved on appeal

MAZE Planning Solutions and Urban Green have secured detailed planning permission for 49 holiday homes at Leisure Lakes on behalf of the owner, Leisure Lakes Ltd following a successful appeal. 

The proposed holiday homes are situated in woodland with a lakeside setting and form part of significant planned improvements to facilities at the outdoor pursuits, watersports and caravan park near Tarleton in West Lancashire, which are being guided by MAZE on behalf of the owner.

The site lies within the Green Belt and much of it is within a Biological Heritage Site covered by a Woodland Tree Preservation Order, raising a challenging set of land use planning issues. 

West Lancashire Borough Council refused to approve the detailed design for the holiday homes in May 2013, but the scheme has now been approved following reconsideration by a Government Planning Inspector.

The appeal was heard in April and May this year and the Planning Inspector’s decision draws a 6.5 year reserved matters planning application process to a close after negotiations between Leisure Lakes, West Lancashire Borough Council and Lancashire County Council faltered. 

The appeal success owes much to work carried out by Manchester based consultants Urban Green, who were commissioned in the latter stages of the project to prepare a woodland management programme, construction management plan and arboricultural assessment, as well as landscape design proposals for the holiday homes.  Urban Green’s work enabled Leisure Lakes and the Borough Council to reengage in discussions about the scheme after the May 2013 refusal.  That ultimately led to the parties resolving their differences during the appeal process and presenting the Planning Inspector with an agreed scheme.    

Andrew Watt, Partner at MAZE Planning Solutions said:

“The planning application process was made difficult by a lack of resource in the County Council’s ecology service which meant that face-to-face meetings needed to discuss and resolve issues raised by the development did not take place, despite repeated pleas from Leisure Lakes.

Whilst regrettable as a course of action, the appeal process focussed all parties firmly on the task of getting the scheme right, which enabled agreement to be reached on development detail and the long term management of woodland areas at Leisure Lakes for ecology.

The Planning Inspector is to be applauded for his approach. He recognised the merits of the scheme and the opportunity it presented to bring large areas of woodland in the Biological Heritage Site under management.  Adjournment of the appeal hearing for a month was permitted to allow time for Leisure Lakes to reach agreement with the Borough and County Councils. That pragmatism was embraced by all parties and the cooperative approach that resulted was key to the approval of reserved matters, which is an outcome I believe all parties are happy with” 

Martin King, Director at Urban Green said:

“The project and permissions had an unusually long history and thus it provided a real challenge to us, as our involvement commenced late in the overall process. We always believed there was a workable solution to the development being able to be implemented in such a woodland and lakeside location. We are extremely pleased that the approach of appropriate management, along with sensitive design and construction methods within this setting was acknowledged by all parties and that we were able to be part of this successful appeal. Hopefully the project will now move forward positively."

A copy of the appeal and related costs decision can be viewed here.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Security improvements at leisure park

MAZE Planning Solutions has secured approval for a security lodge at Leisure Lakes, overcoming an earlier refusal and failed appeal. 

Upgraded security forms a small part of significant planned improvements to facilities at the outdoor pursuits, watersports and caravan park near Tarleton in West Lancashire, which are being guided by MAZE on behalf of the site owner. 

West Lancashire Borough Council gave its approval to formation of a new 18 hole golf course at the end of 2013 and the Council has recently reached agreement with the owner on the proposed construction of 49 woodland holiday lodges, although the final decision on that development rests with The Planning Inspectorate, with an outcome likely in June 2014.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Topps Tiles ready for Bury

Work is underway on Topps Tiles new outlet in Bury, Greater Manchester.  The company will occupy 650 square metres of space overlooking Crostons Road, next to B&Q, Safestore and Screwfix.

The former Pendle Designs industrial building is being comprehensively remodelled and refurbished to provide modern space for the business, which provides a range of tiles, hard floor finishes and related products geared towards meeting the needs of the trade sector and competent DIY'ers.

The development is being undertaken by a private investor, with planning advice provided by MAZE Planning Solutions and acquisition and letting work undertaken by Nolan Redshaw Chartered Surveyors.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Standish Foodstore Approved

MAZE Planning Solutions has secured Planning Permission and Conservation Area Consent for a foodstore development in central Standish.

Wigan Borough Council's approval enables the development of a 2,618 square metre (28,470 square feet) supermarket on the site fronting the A49 High Street, owned and occupied by Noel Chadwick Ltd.

The applications were submitted to the Council in July 2013, following public consultation in February and March of that year and pre-application discussions with Planning Officers which commenced in June 2011.

The site will be cleared to make way for a new, high quality, stone-faced building, served by a 150 space car park with direct access from High Street.

MAZE led a bespoke professional team for the application work, with significant contributions made by:
Nolan Redshaw Chartered Surveyors
Ratcliffe Groves Partnership Architects
Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture
Croft Transport Solutions
Urban Green
Ribble Ecology
Hepworth Acoustics
Betts Associates Geo Environmental
Utilities Connections Management Ltd
GEM Air Quality Ltd
Napthens Solicitors

Monday, 10 February 2014

Iceland sign up at New Brighton

Iceland Foods has signed a 15 year lease on 570sqm of space at Neptune Developments' scheme at Marine Point scheme on the Wirral peninsula.

The move follows the recent grant of planning permission to amend the original consent necessary to enable Iceland to trade from the site. MAZE Planning Solutions provided specialist retail advice for the planning application, which was submitted by Roman Summer Associates.   

Iceland is fitting out and will open on 4 March.  Neptune has also announced that Pizza Express has signed a 25 year lease and will also open soon.

The waterfront regeneration scheme at New Brighton provides over 20,000 square metres of retail, leisure and hotel floor space.  The tenant line up includes Morrisons, Grosvenor Casino, The Light cinema, Travelodge, Green King, Prezzo, Starbucks, La Tasca, Chimichanga and Loungers.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Golf Course approved at Leisure Lakes

West Lancashire Council unanimously approved proposals for a new 18 hole golf course at Leisure Lakes on 12 December.

The course has been designed to integrate with the existing landscape of drainage ditches and hedgerows and will provide significant gains for local ecology, especially a resident water vole community. 

The 18 hole course will add to an existing 9 hole course and driving range facilities at the leisure park situated near Tarleton, Lancashire.

MAZE Planning Solutions advised Leisure Lakes on the scheme, with specialist support provided by Planning & Landscape Associates, Waterco, ERAP and Apex Plans & Surveys.

The planning permission will be formally granted following completion of a legal agreement securing a £20,000 contribution to fund the improvement of local public transport infrastructure.