Planning permission granted for a mixed-use project in Bow, London


Inspire Planning Solutions were commissioned by Cedargate Developments to work as part of a team alongside the Project Architects’ to obtain planning permission for a mixed use development comprising of new homes and retail space on Roman Road, Bow in East London.

The site consisted of a dilapidated property, which had seen many unsympathetic alterations over the years, which detracted from the historic and architectural character of the Conservation Area. By highlighting the positive benefits of redevelopment, we put forward a comprehensive renewal of the frontage, an additional storey to bring the building into line with the remaining area. To deliver a development that was viable, a three story rear extension was also incorporated into the design.


Roman Road 3D Images

In a dense, highly built up area, where the Council were concerned about the effect on neighbours light, privacy and future living conditions, we were able to show through a Daylight and Sunlight Assessment, and high quality 3D images that there would be no such effect. Inspire Planning Solutions co-ordinated the application and negotiated closely with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to obtain planning permission. Result!

Farooq Rafiq, Director at Inspire Planning Solutions commented that:

“persistent, persuasion and a collaborative effort came together in delivering that all important planning permission”

As this project gets off the ground, Cedargate are looking towards their next development. If you are looking to apply for planning, Inspire Planning Solutions can assist in delivering a quicker, optimal permission. Speak to Farooq or Thomas or get in touch today.

Planning Permission about to get easier?

New ApartmentsWe have seen a whole raft of changes in recent years to ‘boost the supply of housing’ and the Housing and Planning Bill, currently making its way through the House of Lords, is the latest attempt to relieve the country’s housing pressures.

There is however one area that has caught our eye – ‘permission in principle’. An outline planning application, perhaps, with a different name? Not quite, but with less than 100,000 homes being built per annum than required, the Government appears to be making some bold moves. 

According to the Bill, if land is allocated as a potential housing site within a qualifying document (such as a brownfield register, development plan or neighbourhood plan) and satisfies local policy needs, the new mechanism will automatically grant it a permission in principle. This greatly reduces the risk for developers in obtaining a full consent and could potentially unlock the development potential of hundreds of brownfield and greenfield sites.

‘Planning in principle’ will not mean just getting on with building however, a ‘technical details consent’ will still be required to address site specific details such as access and design. As such, the usual sweep of plans and documentation will of course still be required and work for Architects and designers will not be decreasing!

There is still a little wait however for the Bill to pass through to Royal Assent, but will this additional mechanism really increase the rate of house building or simply add to the bureaucracy and complexity of the planning system and have a counter effect?

To discuss the latest changes in planning policy direction and to see if our services could be of benefit to you, feel free to fill out an enquiry form. Our projects page shows various examples of where Inspire Planning Solutions has been working with design teams to realise the development potential of a variety of projects.