Planning permission was granted for Change of Use of Premises from B2 manufacturing to B8 storage units at Unit 2, 1-2 Aston Road Waterlooville.
The applicant is a company which specialises in the provision of storage units for both the general public and for businesses. It is proposed to fit out the former industrial building with a series of different sized units separated by access corridors. The applicant also proposes to add a mezzanine floor inside the building. The forecourt will be laid out with freestanding storage containers (similar to shipping containers) which will be individually let.
Customers for the storage units are likely to include private individuals (moving house or simply in need of additional storage) and also businesses within the local area, which can use these units as expansion storage space or as archive storage for files, equipment etc.
BJC is pleased to welcome Stephen Ho to the Practice, who joined us in October 2016. Stephen joins the Practice as a Planner, having been previously employed as a Development Management Officer for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.
Stephen has also previously worked for a large multi-disciplinary consultancy based in London; a small planning consultancy based in East Sussex; and also within the Development Management department of Eastleigh Borough Council.
The addition of Stephen to the Practice means that our number of planning consultants has increased to a team of six. With an ever-increasing growth in demand for our Planning services and more changes to the Planning system on the horizon, we welcome the addition of Stephen to the team.
Congratulations to Katherine Stevens who became elected as a member of the Royal Town Plan Institute in March 2017.
BJC has always been keen to assist in the development of the next generation of aspiring planners. In the past the consultancy has even sponsored students whilst they worked towards their qualifications.
In 2014, we welcomed Ben Kelly, an urban planning student studying at UWE Bristol for a two week spell of work experience. During this time Ben was provided with real world opportunities to gain experience in the planning profession. The consultancy was pleased to welcome Ben back in 2015 on a longer term basis during his summer break.
In 2016, we welcomed Jessica Li from Sheffield University for work experience giving her an insight into planning outside of the classroom by involving her in a number of projects providing her with first hand experience.
BJC has organised and sponsored three conferences on the subject of ‘The Planning Implications of the Ageing Population’. The conferences have been held at the Winchester Guildhall (2013) and in Merton College, Oxford (2014) and in the Old Court House, Brighton (2016).
Not enough housing is being built specifically for the elderly to enable them to remain in their own homes as long as possible. Even the concept of “Lifetime Homes” is inadequate as it relies on retro fitting houses. This is the last thing that the elderly wants to address as they face declining health and mobility issues.
Planning permission has been granted by East Hampshire District Council for the conversion of an outbuilding to a detached annexe in the grounds of an existing dwelling. BJC successfully addressed the Local Planning Authorities’s previous concerns regarding the size of the annexe by proposing to convert only the upper floor of the outbuilding, with the ground floor to be used for the parking of cars.
To ensure that the annexe will remain as ancillary accommodation and will not be sold or let separately from the main house, a S.106 unilateral undertaking was signed by the owners of the property and submitted to the Council. The Planning Obligation also prescribes that no separate curtilage or planning unit should be established for the annexe.
Planning permission has been granted by Portsmouth City Council for the part change of use of a warehouse to a retail use. BJC successfully addressed the Local Planning Authority’s concern for providing a ‘sequential test’ in line with PPS4 requirements.
The permission was subject to a planning condition which made the change of use personal to the existing tenants.