MENDIP SCHOOL, ROYAL BATH AND WEST SHOWGROUND, SHEPTON MALLET

CLIENT: Red Kite Securities Ltd
DATE: February 2015 – September 2016

ROLE

CCL staff acted as the lead planning consultant to deliver a special school (for 140 pupils) for children with autism. From project inception, the role focused on briefing and co-ordination of the technical team, pre-application discussions, and the preparation, collation and submission of detailed technical documentation. Following submission, comprehensive monitoring and negotiations was undertaken to address relevant statutory and public consultation feedback, alongside early agreement of planning conditions prior to determination at planning committee. CCL were also responsible for the discharge of all relevant planning conditions, on behalf of the contractor, Sir Robert McAlpine.

OUTCOMES

Following the confirmation of funding from the Education Funding Agency fund, detailed planning permission for the school was achieved within eight months from project commencement, to ensure construction and completion by September 2016. This tight timescale required the preparation of a thorough and robust planning case, to ensure the requirements of statutory consultees, local residents, local members and Mendip District Council were comprehensively addressed. Following approval in July 2015, all relevant conditions were discharged to ensure the school opened for term.

ADDED VALUE

CCL ensured the delivery of the school was achieved in accordance with a challenging timescale, based on a comprehensive pre and post planning strategy. CCL added value through proactive engagement with the local planning authority, a robust planning case, and extensive dialogue with consultees, to secure the delivery of the first facility of its type in the district.

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