In Commercial, Leeds, Mixed-Use Regeneration, Residential

DPP, in conjunction with J.G. Hatcliffe Property & Planning and Howdens Joinery, have secured a unanimous resolution to grant planning permission, subject to the execution of a Section 106 agreement, for the creation of a significant sustainable extension to the town of Howden in the East Riding of Yorkshire that will include a new relief road, 460,000sqft manufacturing facility for Howdens Joinery, 1,865 homes, community and sports facilities and commercial premises.

DPP have been providing planning expertise on this site for over 4 years, beginning with early site appraisals, promoting the site through East Riding of Yorkshire’s Local Plan Update consultation and subsequently preparing and submitting a major hybrid planning application and Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposals.

The application sought full planning permission for a new Howdens Joinery manufacturing unit and a new relief road from Thorpe Road to Station Road. As a hybrid application, it also sought outline planning permission for a mixed-use scheme comprising of residential development, community facilities including a supermarket, small retail units and small business/employment space, a medical centre, hotel with public house and restaurant, elderly care accommodation, a two-form entry primary school, community park, car parks, sports pitches and a pavilion building along with extensive open spaces and habitat areas.

At the Planning Committee, the Leader of the Council and Ward Councillors of Howden and Howdenshire encouraged members to support the application due to the significant benefits it would bring to the town, including diverting nearly three quarters of HGV traffic from the historic centre of Howden onto the new relief road.

Members of the Committee highlighted the fact that the proposals were being brought forward by only one landowner and one developer, JG Hatcliffe, allowing for certainty of delivery. In addition to the new jobs and the new relief road, the commitment to a bespoke Design Code was integral to the decision-making process.

DPP undertook a thorough and extensive public consultation exercise prior to submission of the application and engaged with residents directly, achieving nearly universal support from them, resulting in only 6 comments being lodged on the planning application prior to determination.

DPP are excited for the future of the project and will be working closely with the lead developer, JG Hatcliffe, their architect for the scheme, Judy Walkland, Downes Illingworth Partnership, Mason Clark Associates and the wider consultancy team.

Speaking about the successful outcome, Mark Lane, Director at DPP, said:

It has been a pleasure working with such a wonderful team and lead developer on this exciting project, and we’re keen to press ahead with these transformational plans for Howden.

Jonathan Atkinson, Managing Director of JG Hatcliffe Property and Planning, part of the Broadmanor Group of Companies, said:

We are pleased to have engaged DPP in our development proposals for Howden. Mark Lane, has led a strong, experienced and enthusiastic team. Together, we have established a collaborative working relationship which has been instrumental in our success to date.

We look forward to working together with DPP and the wider consultant team to deliver our vision for Howden, providing a sustainable, mixed-use, urban extension to integrate with Howden’s existing historic character, creating the Howden of tomorrow, whilst maintaining the integrity of Howden today.

Images: Downes Illingsworth Partnership

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