Tetlow King Planning Highly Commended for Excellence in Spatial Planning in South West RTPI Awards 2017

July 11, 2017 11:36 am Published by

Tetlow King Planning (TKP) are delighted to have been a key member of the project team that was Highly Commended in the Excellence in Spatial Planning Category of the South West RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2017.

The award follows TKP securing planning consent in December 2015 for Spectrum Premier Homes (now merged with Sovereign Housing Association) for 210 dwellings and an 80-bed care home in the East Dorset Green Belt on the former St Leonards Hospital Site.

TKP acted as the agents on the application for this complex site which included a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment coordinated by TKP, a Construction Environmental Management Plan, Habitats Translocation Plan, Ecological Mitigation Strategy and a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) Strategy as well as very significant levels of consultation and partnership working with Natural England, Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Forestry Commission, and Highways England as well as East Dorset District Council and Dorset County Council officers.

The St Leonards Hospital project involved carefully considered planning and management of a number of other consultants and architects, together with a range of stakeholders many of which had overlapping and/or conflicting requirements for the site. The site itself was constrained not just by its Green Belt designation but also by the fact it contained a sizeable Site of Nature Conservation Importance, a series of Biodiversity Action Plan Habitats, an historically important Oak tree protected by Tree Preservation Order, several species of protected fauna including badgers, bats, dormice and sand lizards and the need to consider the potential for the proposed route of the Navitus Bay renewable energy scheme to pass through the site in a way that caused minimum disruption to residents and the build programme. TKP were successfully able to overcome all of these obstacles in securing an acceptable planning consent for our client within the time frame required.

The RTPI South West Judging Panels Report considered the project to be:

“A very effective partnership that is delivering a sustainable development, incorporating both major biodiversity gain and social infrastructure in the form of a significant level (40%) of affordable housing, on a challenging site in need of urgent action. It provides a good example for other difficult sites where a careful balance is essential between ecology/environmental issues and viable development meeting the needs of the local community.”

The project team that was Highly Commended in the South West RTPI Awards comprised of Tetlow King Planning, Sovereign Housing Association, Johns Associates, East Dorset District Council, Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Homes & Communities Agency. A copy of the Judges Report can be viewed here.