Tetlow King Planning have secured planning permission for 17 affordable homes and 8 supported living units for Aster Group and the National Autistic Society on the site of a former elderly persons home in Peasedown St John, near Bath.
Working with NOMA Architects, we were set the exacting challenge of achieving a detailed planning permission within 20 weeks of instruction. This deadline was based not only on Housing Corporation timetables but also the necessity of work starting on site in August 2008 to enable occupation of the supported living units by September 2009.
Despite complex negotiations with the planning officers at Bath and North East Somerset Council regarding inter alia, trees, public open space, car parking, urban design and density, the target was met. Progress was accelerated by the Council agreeing to deal with the application via delegated powers and accepting a unilateral undertaking in respect of the Section 106. Liaison was maintained throughout with local members of the District Council and with the Parish Council and nearby residents.
The supported living units, which are being developed as a joint partnership between Aster, Bath and North East Somerset Council Housing/Social Services and the National Autistic Society, will be the first of their kind in the UK.