Alliance Planning and WSP - Permission Won - Help Secure 8million of National Coalfields Programme Funding for Heritage Country Park
WSP Group, the global multidisciplinary consultancy, and Alliance Planning, the national planning consultancy, have, on behalf of BIRSE Civils and Stoke on Trent City Council, successfully secured planning permission for the creation of a Heritage Country Park at the former Chatterley Whitfield Colliery. Planning Permission was granted recently by the City of Stoke on Trent Council Development Control Committee.
This now helps secure £8m of National Coalfields Programme Funding, managed by English Partnerships, the national regeneration agency who are supporting the Project. The Land Restoration Trust and Groundwork – Stoke on Trent are also supporting the Project and will be working in partnership to manage the Site on completion of the works.
WSP Group acted as lead consultant and provided all of the technical consultancy in support of the planning application which included detailed landscape design, full Environmental Impact Assessment, flood risk assessment, ecological and landscape management plans, geo-environmental assessment and engineering design.
Alliance Planning acted as planning agent and also project managed all of the public consultation activities. This involved organising exhibition materials, attending weekend and evening consultation events and the production of a Statement on Community Involvement.
“We’re very pleased to have won this permission, as it unlocks significant funding and is another step in the regeneration of Stoke” comments Paul Ellingham, Alliance Planning Director.
“The regeneration of a used colliery spoil tip provided a range of unique environmental challenges which we have investigated and mitigated with the end result being a high quality country park that promotes local biodiversity and wildlife and provides excellent open space for the local community,” comments Andrew Ricketts, WSP Group, Principal Consultant.
Construction of the Heritage Country Park is due to start in January 2009.
Chatterley Whitfield - Planning Resource Extract.pdf
Summary of Changes to Permitted Development
Alliance Planning in associate with Mitchell Evan Partnership have produced a short brochure that summarises the recent changes (1st October 2008) to the General Permitted Development Order, which governs what householders and business can do to their properties without planning permission.
Please click the link below for further information.
081208 Changes to General Permitted Development-opt.pdf