Residential development in Green Belt, Hertfordshire

Arc planning have been working over a number of months to secure permission for 11 new dwellings on a green belt site in Hertfordshire.  Arc originally secured a certificate of lawfulness for commercial use of part of the previously developed site. Arc Planning subsequently negotiated permission for residential development, successfully arguing that the site represented an exception site under paragraph 89 of the NPPF.  Permission was granted and has been ratified by the Secretary of State and is subject to a Section 106 Obligation.


If you have a site where you feel there is potential for development in the Green Belt, and need further advice please contact Chris Bean at Arc Planning on 07534 138851.

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St Mary’s Island, Chatham, Medway Council

Support to Countryside Maritime Ltd for the reserved matters planning application for the final phases of development on site (circa 400 houses). The role involved background research and analysis to enable an environmental screening request to be submitted to Medway Council. This has been accepted by the Council and confirmation has been obtained that it is not EIA development.

Golf Links Estate, LB Ealing

Golf Links estate is located in south Greenford and consists of several different building types, including six-storey maisonette blocks, low-rise blocks and three-tower blocks.

The estate was constructed between 1966 and 1969. The building types are mixed, and the estate consists of a mixture of pre-fabricated and pre-cast concrete designs.

The proposed redevelopment of the site led by Ealing Council, is to provide new affordable homes for the local authority as part of a wider council led regeneration of the area. Levitt Bernstein were commissioned by Ealing Council in Spring 2012 to develop architectural and landscape proposals for the site based on the initial feasibility study carried out for the area by AECOM.

Planning permission was granted on 08 November 2011 (LB Ealing Reference PP/2012/3052) for the development of the three main blocks at the site, since when possession was granted on 25 March 2013

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Copley Close Regeneration, LB Ealing

Copley Close is the first regeneration project that is led and funded directly by the council.

In 2008, Copley Close was identified by the council as a ‘High Intervention’ estate and the council attempted to procure a development partner. This process failed and the council is now taking a lead on the project. The scheme is a national example of urban transformation; a genuine mix of refurbishment and new build, mixed tenure homes designed on a tenure blind/pepper potted basis.

The vision for the estate is to become a well-functioning ‘community of choice’ where people choose to live and invest.

Arc planning were brought in to the project to steer the proposals from initial design through to a robust planning application. The role included advice to the client and project team on scheme design, planning strategy and policy; and the completion of planning submission, statements and viability advice.

The application has been approved by the Council and ratified by the GLA WITH WORK DUE TO Start in early 2014.

Purfleet Centre Development

Working on behalf of TTGDC, whilst employed at Capita Symonds, Chris managed the planning application and Conservation Area consent submissions for 3000 dwellings and mixed use development in one of the most significant regeneration projects in the Thames Gateway.

Hornsey Town Hall

Managing the planning submissions and providing planning strategy and advice, enabling preparation of applications for Full planning applications, Listed Building Consent, Conservation Area Consent, including proposals for the £18m refurbishment of the Grade II* listed building. The building is set to be transformed into a community and civic facility and the development also includes facilitating development within the grounds of the Listed Building.