Leisure & Recreation
This area of work covers a vast area of planning related uses that includes all aspects of town centre late night entertainment, to more rural pursuits such as equestrian facilities, narrow boat marinas, to the assessment and recreation of open space in our towns and cities.
- Chatterly Whitfield
- Ranger Centre, Cowfold
- Chatham Dynamic Bus Facility
- Arden Fields Equestrian Centre
- Blue Anchor Leisure
- Yeovil Sports Zone
- Anderton Marina
- Luminar Leisure
Client: WSP and Birse Civils
Alliance Planning was instructed as planning agent, with responsibility for project managing the preparation and submission of a full planning application for the creation of a Heritage Country Park at the former Chatterley Whitfield Colliery, Stoke – on - Trent. The project involved earthworks, construction of bridges, diversion of watercourse and associated engineering and landscaping works.
As part of the production of the application, Alliance Planning 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.
Alliance Planning also produced a supporting Planning Statement, provided input into the Environmental Statement prepared by WSP and project managed post - submission consultations including responses received from statutory consultees. Planning Permission was granted in November 2008 and construction of the project is currently being carried out by Birse Civils.
Ranger Centre, Cowfold
Client: Courtyard Properties Ltd
Alliance Planning were approached by Courtyard Properties Ltd to prepare and submit a planning application for a holiday park and ranger centre on the site of the old Tabbycat pub off the A272, west of Cowfold.
The design of the holiday chalets is to be highly sustainable, with provision to incorporate features such as ground source heating, solar energy and locally sourced wood.
Planning issues that needed to be overcome include alterations to the site access, land contamination issues and great crested newts, who will be temporarily rehoused elsewhere on site during construction.
This sensitive and high profile application was approved by the Planning Committee of Horsham District Council, which recognised the important contribution the holiday lodges can make to the local tourist economy.
Chatham Dynamic Bus Facility
Client: Medway Council
Alliance Planning project managed pre – application discussions and negotiations with the Local Planning Authority and Statutory Consultees. Alliance were also responsible for the production of a Consultation Statement and undertaking and preparing an Open Space Assessment and the supporting Planning Statement. Planning permission was granted in January 2010 and the bus station and highway works are under construction.
Alliance Planning worked jointly with D5 Architects and Mott MacDonald, providing planning advice to Medway Council to submit an application for the creation of a Dynamic Bus Facility (DBF) and associated works in the centre of Chatham.
Arden Fields Equestrian Centre
Client: Arden Fields Equestrian Centre Ltd
Alliance Planning were instructed as Planning Consultants for Arden Fields Equestrian Centre Ltd, to provide advice and project manage the production a planning application for a package of works to improve and enhance the existing facilities at the equestrian centre.
These works were both necessary and essential for the safe and efficient operation of the Equestrian Centre as a centre of excellence for dressage training. Alliance Planning were responsible for the undertaking pre – application discussions with the Local Planning Authority, production of the supporting planning statement and Design and Access Statement.
Planning permission was granted in October 2007 and the works have been implemented. Alliance Planning continues to provide advice on further extensions and improvements to the equestrian centre.
Blue Anchor Leisure
Alliance Planning were retained by Blue Anchor Leisure to prepare a Planning Supporting Statement, Sequential Assessment and review the associated technical reports for the construction of floodlit football pitches, associated changing facilities, parking and landscaping on the outskirts of Doncaster.
The proposals will bring forward a high quality recreational facility to meet an identified shortfall in formal open space provision in the area. The proposals are located in a sustainable area well served by public transport.
Yeovil Sports Zone
Alliance Planning have been commissioned by South Somerset District Council to undertake a re-appraisal of site options to determine the optimum site for a new Sports Zone within Yeovil. The Sports Zone will offer a vibrant range of leisure opportunities to help meet the existing and future needs for formal sport and recreation provision. The need to ensure that the Sports Zone is in the right location, as well as being fully accessible to all sectors of the community, is a critical issue to be addressed by this study.
The study will identify and assess site options to enable the identification of the optimum site for the sub-regional sports venue. The project team will look at range of factors including community value, transport, planning, landscape and visual impact, land contamination, cultural heritage, ecology, flood risk, air quality and noise.
As part of the project the Yeovil Sports Zone project teams are holding a series of consultation events to engage stakeholders and the local community. The staged approach to engagement ensures appropriate opportunities for all interested parties to influence the site options re-appraisal process. The first stakeholder workshop utilising innovative board games has recently been completed, and future stages of engagement will include: a public exhibition of project proposals and Councillor and Parish Council workshops.
Client: ABC Leisure Group
Alliance Planning was instructed by ABC Leisure Group to undertake detailed feasibility work relating to land to the north of Anderton Marina in Cheshire to deliver a leisure-based development that would support the local tourism industry, including the adjacent marina development.
Following extensive discussions with Local Authority Planning and Landscape Officers, Alliance Planning prepared and submitted a planning application for a touring caravan and camping development, which was deemed to be a sympathetic form of development given the Site's location within the Cheshire Green Belt and potential impacts on the setting of the Trent and Mersey Canal Conservation Area. This incorporated extensive landscaping proposals to reduce the visual impacts of the Scheme.
Alliance has secured planning consent for camping and caravaning facilities at the Marina Site in October 2010.
Luminar LeisureAlliance Planning provided a national based range of planning services advice to the estates team of Luminar Leisure. We have represented Luminar Leisure in respect of all areas of strategic estate development and estate rationalisation.
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