Clockwise l-r; Grange Farm, Harrow courtesy of Hawkins Brown Architects, Church Wharf, Bolton courtesy of AEW Architects & Quayside West, Newcastle courtesy of FaulknerBrowns Architects

Affordable Housing

The affordable housing sector has a critical role to play in meeting the housing needs of the UK; for far too many people, affordable homes aren’t affordable; the right housing isn’t where they need it, and there aren’t enough homes being built. Managing the planning process efficiently is a key element to unlocking this, ensuring that land is allocated and brought forward as soon as possible, and deliverable planning permissions are granted promptly. DPP has the expertise – and experience – to deliver viable and innovative Affordable Housing solutions for any residential development project. 

We are a firm of commercially minded, client focussed town planners, and we understand what’s needed to deliver a quality housing development. It’s no longer the case that a redline can be put around a site and the local planning authority is politely asked to allocate the land. Today it’s necessary to demonstrate a site is available, the land is suitable and appropriate, and that development is achievable. DPP understand this and have an excellent track record of delivering results for our clients. I hope this short overview of who we are and the work we do provides an insight into what we can achieve for you.

Grange Farm Estate, South Harrow

Client: Lodon Borough & Greater London Authority
Local Authority: London Borough of Harrow
Value: £150m

DPP were appointed to secure full planning permission for the comprehensive redevelopment of the 1960’s Grange Farm Estate. The existing 282 dwellings on site spread across several buildings will be demolished and replaced with 549 dwellings along with a new community centre, and extensive public and semi-private outdoor space. Although originally most of the properties on the site were local authority owned, approximately half have been acquired under ‘right to buy’ legislation and most of these had subsequently been utilised as private rented properties. In addition, two portions of the estate had been sold to RSL’s who had subsequently undertaken their own developments on the site. As such, delivery of the scheme involves complex land assembly including the potential use of CPO to acquire a number of the properties sold under the right to buy legislation.

Services provided; Extensive pre-applications discussions. Public Consultation events and exhibitions. Project management & submission of hybrid planning application for the phased project. First phase 211 units (93 affordable housing and 118 private units) & community centre in detail. Second phase of 338 units (144 Affordable Rent dwellings and 194 Private Sale) submitted in outline

Avenue Vivian, Houghton Le Spring

Client: Gentoo 
Local Authority: Newcastle City Council
Value: £20m

Having been instructed by Gentoo on a number of other residential schemes in the North East, DPP prepared and submitted a full planning application for the erection of 44 affordable dwellings and associated landscape works at Avenue Vivian and Rose Avenue in Fencehouses, Houghton le Spring. The proposed development will enable the redevelopment of land which was formerly occupied by pre-fabricated dwellings to provide much needed affordable homes.

In accordance with local policy requirements, DPP prepared and submitted an open space assessment and affordable housing statement, along with a planning statement to support the application. DPP also coordinated a public consultation leaflet drop to inform nearby residents and relevant stakeholders of the proposals and inviting them to a public consultation event held by Gentoo and supported by DPP. The public exhibition allowed residents and stakeholders to express their views on the scheme, which were taken into account in the design process and later documented in a Statement of Community Involvement prepared by DPP

Nanny Marr Road, Barnsley

Client: Together Housing & Partner Construction
Local Authority: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Value: £30m

DPP were instructed by Partner Construction Limited to prepare and manage the submission of a full planning application for the erection of 40 affordable dwellings on the former Foulstone School site on Nanny Marr Road in Darfield, Barnsley.

DPP successfully gained planning approval in 2016 for the erection of 40 dwellings, which are now built out.

Subsequently, DPP have successfully prepared and submitted a second full application to the south of the built-out scheme. The application was approved at planning committee in April 2019. Once the development has been built-out, the former Foulstone School site will comprise of 81 high quality, predominantly affordable dwellings, which will serve the town of Darfield in Barnsley

Church Wharf Bolton

Client: Muse Developments 
Local Authority: Bolton Council
Value: £150m

DPP initially advised on the planning strategy to deliver its project for a £150m regeneration of Church Wharf in Bolton Town Centre before providing a range of planning services on the project including compulsory purchase order strategy, planning application preparation and management, community engagement and advice on the Masterplan for Church Wharf.

The Hybrid application was approved in June 2019, forming a key milestone in the project, and will provide new public space, a riverside walk and footbridge, alongside 320 apartments and townhouses, 120-bed hotel, 7,500m office floorspace, retail, commercial and food and drink uses across 10 new buildings.

The site was particularly challenging site with issues of flood risk, changing levels, land contamination and derelict buildings interspersed with residual businesses and temporary car parks. A specific challenge was to refocus development plan policy and develop a flexible and deliverable masterplan for a phased, commercially viable development to change the fortunes of Church Wharf.

DPP retains an on-going role as planning advisor to Muse Developments and to Bolton Council as its development partner. The first reserved matters scheme for residential development is anticipated to come forward shortly.