Colliers International’s Development Consulting and Agency team in Bristol has helped Hollins Strategic Land secure planning permission for new homes on an unused three-acre site in Calne.
The site at Portemarsh, north east of the town, was originally allocated for employment uses through Local Plan policies. However, this allocation was effectively superseded after Colliers submitted evidence showing that, when balanced against historic, current and likely business accommodation demand, there was adequate alternative existing or other potential business premises provision within the area.
This context, weighed against a pressing need for new homes, meant that it was possible to release the site from its employment allocation and for residential planning permission to be granted for the construction of up to 41 new homes.
Commenting, Chris Dawson, Director of Colliers International in Bristol said: “From Hollins Strategic Land’s point of view this was an excellent result, particularly as both our client and the Council were saved the cost of a contested appeal.”
“It is also a good example of the work my team routinely undertakes, often ‘below the radar’, but adding value to clients’ land and building property assets. We describe work of this nature as ‘planning support’ and, sitting alongside viability reviews it comprises a significant plank of our development consultancy output.”
Paul O’Shea, Strategic Land Director at Hollins Strategic Land, said: “This site will make a significant contribution to the housing needs of Calne and the surrounding area. HSL is a results-driven business and we appreciated Colliers’ enthusiasm and proactive approach in delivering a successful outcome.”
The overall planning application was co-ordinated by Nexus Planning Limited of Manchester, on behalf of Hollins Strategic Land.
Pictured above: Chris Dawson, Director of Colliers International in Bristol