Hawthorne Avenue, Long Eaton

Merriman acquired the 4.15 acre site from a textile company who operated out of the whole site but wanted to reduce the scale of their operation. Merriman were faced with providing suitable premises for the textile company within the site whilst attempting to obtain consent on the remainder of the site for residential redevelopment.

Part of the challenge was to split the services ensuring the textile company retained sufficient capacity and the proposed residential land had independent supplies without cross easements etc.

An application was submitted for 2.65 acres of residential redevelopment and 1.5 acres of retained employment land. During the application the textile company contracted to operate within the 1.5 acres and temporary service provisions were made.

The planning application consultation process offered the usual challenges but flooding was a major issue that was eventually resolved.

Once consent was achieved Merriman started preparation of the site that was in part occupied by the textile company. Clearly this produced a number of issues such as partial demolition of occupied buildings, access, rerouting of services and party wall issues.

During the later stages of demolition the residential element of the site was put on the market and sold to Persimmon homes in the summer of 2007. Merriman sold the employment element of the site, let on a 3 year lease, to its pension fund.

Key Points to Consider:

  • The usual planning challenges were encountered but particular issues were noise (proximity of residential dwellings to retained employment), party walls and flooding.
  • The challenge of retaining an element of employment land on a predominantly residential site is increased when the occupant of the employment land is the vendor of the original site!

Click below to view images of Merriman working on Site at Hawthorne Avenuen, Long Eaton.

Long Eaton Images

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