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Case Studies - Education

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Education case studies - Walsingham Planning

A selection of case studies from the Walsingham Planning portfolio.

Education - Primary School - Tavistock

Walsingham Planning has secured outline approval for a mixed use development including a new 420 place Primary School at Tavistock, Devon.

The proposals are part of a Major Strategic Allocation for the town, which is designed to provide housing and community infrastructure alongside the re-instatement of the Tavistock to Bere Alston Railway Line.

The Strategic Allocation was part of major growth plans for Tavistock, inclusive of improving links to major urban areas via sustainable transport. The proposed rail link will play a vital role in improving connections between Tavistock and Plymouth, to offer a real alternative to using the car, while also providing Tavistock with a link to the national rail network.

Walsingham Planning was originally instructed to act on behalf of infrastructure developers proposing to reinstate a former Railway Line in Devon. The proposals formed part of a major urban extension of the historic town of Tavistock.

The project included representations to the emerging Core Strategy, appearance at the Local Plan Examination and preparatory work for a future planning application. The outline planning application, which included an Environmental Statement, was subsequently submitted and approved by the Local Planning Authority in 2015.

The proposed Primary School formed an integral part of the site, principally to accommodate some of the local population uplift created by the urban extension. Walsingham Planning worked closely with the developer, Council and Local Education Authority to ensure the proposed school was appropriately sized, located and appointed.

Walsingham Planning continue to work with the developers of the site in relation to a detailed design review process which will culminate in the submission of reserved matters and the discharge of planning conditions. Development on the first phase of infrastructure is expected to commence in late 2017.

Education - Primary School - Tavistock

Education - Eurocentres - Eltham

Language Schools were, at one time, viewed with some scepticism by local politicians, as they were seen as a front for illegal immigration or for students disappearing into a black economy on completing only nominal language training. Eurocentres, despite an unimpeachable reputation, confronted some of this concern when looking for new premises in London.

Walsingham Planning was employed to review potential new homes and, when one was found, to secure the necessary planning permissions.

Confronted by the apparent contradiction that a use which provided young people with new skills would be detrimental to pro-employment policies and with concern that students placed undue burdens on local housing and services, Eurocentres, through Walsingham Planning, sought a sui generis permission for a former office in Eltham.

The Applicants’ sound reputation was enhanced by their choice of a building owned by The Crown, leased to English Heritage and within the grounds of a Palace. The application therefore involved sensitive issues of local politics, residential concern, traffic, local housing and heritage.

The Crown Immunity afforded to the building made research and interpretation of its history and lawful use particularly tricky, especially when a military involvement was revealed.

Walsingham Planning was able to satisfy the local authority as to the legitimacy of the proposed use, the economic benefits to the local community of having students living in the area and the concept of language tourism as a positive venture. The permission was granted.

Education - Eurocentres - Eltham

Education - Cardinal Newman College - Preston

Walsingham Planning holds extensive experience in working on behalf of Further Education Institutions across the Country. This has related to schemes for new or extended educational facilities, new car parking and amenity areas and the disposal of land for alternative uses, notably residential.

We have advised Cardinal Newman College in Preston for over 10 years. In this time we have secured planning permission for a number of significant schemes, which together have delivered in excess of 8,000 sq m of new floorspace in a number of new purpose built buildings.

We have also been involved in schemes to extend and reconfigure existing buildings and provide improved sports facilities. These permissions have enabled the College to double in size over the last decade and significantly improve its accommodation and facilities.

The College is located on a number of separate heavily constrained sites within a densely populated residential area of south east Preston. Part of the College’s estate is also statutorily listed and the grounds are an undesignated heritage asset, containing various protected trees.

Walsingham Planning has been heavily involved in assisting the College in identifying new sites for growth, providing advice on their planning prospects and supporting funding bids.

Our team has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Colleges estate and development requirements and the planning issues that are raised with schemes for new accommodation and facilities. This has been gained from working and supporting various Colleges over a prolonged period of time and building strong working relations with them together with Local Planning Officers.

Education - Cardinal Newman College - Preston
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