Aitchison Raffety were initially approached to provide a view on the development potential of a piece of derelict commercial land in Glossop. The site was identified in the existing Local Plan for employment use and a recent appeal for residential redevelopment had been dismissed because of the loss of this commercial use. The site was shown as being at risk of flooding and there were traffic problems in the area amongst other constraints.
Aitchison Raffety’s work revealed that the employment designation was not sound following new evidence that had been published for the area by the Council, which provided potential for a residential led scheme for the site. Initial work on flooding also revealed that this issue could be addressed.
The Council were presented with initial assessment material that demonstrated that the site was capable of being redeveloped for residential purposes, and the benefit that it would have to transforming this gateway entrance into the town. Aitchison Raffety co-ordinated a planning application for the mixed use commercial and residential redevelopment, including up to 100 dwellings. The proposal needed to address issues of contamination, noise, access, ecology, trees.
The initial application was refused against the professional advice of officer and AR then pursued an appeal and a fresh application. This revised application was subsequently approved by the Council. Aitchison Raffety have been able to deliver a planning permission, which gives value to a derelict site which had originally been identified as having significant policy and physical constraints.
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