Broughton Astley, Leicestershire

Client: Speculative development
Location: Broughton Astley, Leicestershire
Brief: Secure planning consent on flood plain

The site was secured following negotiation via an option to purchase with a leading brewery on the basis that Merriman would secure a planning consent prior to legal completion. The site sits to the rear of the White Horse public house on a small paddock with access via Church Lane with views towards St Mary’s Church.

The site was initially hampered by a flood plain issue whereby a large portion of the site was potentially affected by possible flooding should a 100-year storm happen. Merriman had to work closely with the Environment Agency and our consultants to resolve the issue to provide a more suitable area for development. This required a remodelling and monitoring exercise to establish the true flood lines.

Merriman designed the scheme via their retained architects for this project HSSP and managed the planning application process dealing with the necessary ground investigations, drainage design, ecology and archaeology.

Following negotiations with the Highways Department it was agreed to incorporate passing bays along Church Lane to improve access for the existing and new residents.

The site was granted with a detailed planning consent with conditions in April 2008. Merriman limited successfully marketed and sold the site to private developers in October 2008.

Key points:

  • We were able to use our expertise in design, ground and construction matters to resolve the issues before us.
  • We also managed and dealt with the expectations of the local community and parish council with whom we also agreed a drainage wayleave.
  • Merriman are able to factor all specific matters into land development to forge a successful conclusion. Admittedly there are times when planning, technical or social issues challenge us, but we conduct our activities in a can-do and collaborative manner.

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