Delta-Simons Assists Developer Artisan Real Estate Submit Their Environmentally Responsible Housing Planning Application

01 Dec 2022

According to The Department For Levelling Up Housing and Communities, Planning Application Statistics App, in the year ending June 2022, authorities in England received 437,700 planning applications, down seven per cent from the year ending June 2021.

The Planner reported that full planning applications in England and Wales were down by as much as 10% in September 2022 compared to the previous year. It’s clear the industry continues to suffer from the aftereffects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the economic downturn of recent months. 

For many, consideration of submitting major development applications that take into consideration sustainable and environmental factors may not be appealing, due to their often associated cost. In spite of the current economic state, Artisan Real Estate, an award-winning UK property developer, has submitted a planning application to Bradford Council for 289 new homes and more than 5000 feet of office space next to Salts Mill World Heritage Site in Saltaire, Shipley, West Yorkshire.

The 11 acre site would seek to replace the closed HMRC 5 storey office building and would include a small park, cafe and riverside park in addition to the new homes and office space.

Artisan also designed New Waverley, a £150 million regeneration scheme, transforming the heart of Edinburgh Old Town, and winning Designers of the UK Property Award. Artisan develop large, complex, mixed-use sites aimed to enrich communities and regenerate forgotten parts of cities whilst producing exceptional results for all stakeholders.

James Bulmer, development director for Leeds-based Artisan North, said;

“Progressing such a large development on the very edge of a UNESCO World Heritage site brings its own set of challenges and responsibilities, and we have taken time to understand and reflect the unique historical contexts of the Salts Mill location.  We have spent considerable time working closely with local residents and groups to ensure our plans meet the need, wants and demands of this unique location.

“We want this to be a modern interpretation of neighbouring Saltaire, bringing much needed sustainable family housing in an accessible, well connected and environmentally responsible setting – with the added advantage of low energy costs and exemplarily green credentials. This is a hugely exciting development that will spectacularly open up a large riverside area that has effectively been closed to the public since the 1970s when the HMRC complex was built. Our proposals will bring excitement, interest and investment to the area and provide a natural, contemporary extension of the existing Saltaire footprint.”

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Delta-Simons, a market-leading trusted provider of Environmental Planning and Environmental Impact Assessments Services assisted our client Artisan to deliver the application to the West Yorkshire Local Authority.

Through our services, our team were able to demonstrate compliance with planning policy and demonstrate biodiversity net gain greater than 10%, which the development designs with input from our Environmental Planning team have achieved.

Damian Robinson commented: “I am really pleased that our Environmental Planning team have supported Artisan Real Estate Limited on this scheme providing air quality, acoustics, biodiversity netgain, and ecology impact assessments.

This shaped up to be a fantastic application showcasing our Client’s embrace of sustainable, environmentally conscious design.”

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