Getting the best outcome for housing and mixed-use development.
We provide an integrated planning service that guides developers through policy and regulatory requirements, increases planning consent success rates, and shapes more imaginative, sustainable, and commercially viable schemes.
Some of our successes
Dunsfold Park is a mixed-use development of up to 3400 homes and supporting infrastructure in rural Surrey. As a strategically important site for housing delivery and employment, it’s a rare example of a commercially viable and politically deliverable project using previously developed land.
Our client involved us in concept planning and design stages, so we were able to integrate mitigation measures and sustainable development concepts into the scheme, ensuring that opportunities and risks were identified and communicated effectively throughout the planning and design process. In particular, LUC’s Ecology team was involved early in the project, undertaking robust baseline surveys to support design development and meet planning requirements.
On Shoreditch High Street, a major mixed-use development was proposed, comprising a 30-storey tower with hotel, commercial space, retail and leisure facilities. Significant issues included those typically associated with high-rise tower schemes in urban environments: townscape and visual impact; microclimate including wind modelling, daylight/sunlight and overshadowing; archaeology; ground conditions and noise and vibration; and construction method and logistics. Our EIA was created in just three months and the scheme was consented.
King Edward Estates came to us for support to restore the vacant King Edward VII Hospital, which sits within the South Downs National Park and contains listed buildings and a therapeutic garden of considerable historic interest. Around 245 homes, 143 assisted care living units, swimming pool, cafe and shop were proposed. As well as landscape architecture and ecology input, we developed the EIA for the planning application. Thanks to our input in ecology, landscape and visual impact, socioeconomic issues and cultural heritage and archaeology, the scheme was consented.
We provided expert advice and oversaw the submission of a revised application to convert two curtilage listed buildings and erect two new residential units. The site was heavily constrained, sitting within the Adderbury Conservation Area, an area of Archaeological Interest and in the vicinity of a number of listed buildings. LUC liaised with the local planning authority and worked closely with the architects to ensure that the proposals took into account key planning considerations, resulting in planning and conservation area consent being granted. Camilla Antognoli, landowner and resident, said: “Since our first meeting I am extremely happy to have entrusted [LUC] with this work, during which they paid meticulous attention to every detail of the design and planning application. They kept the project moving forward and obtained a successful result.”
For expert input into your scheme, from masterplanning to ecological surveys, planning applications and EIA to landscape design and 3D visualisations, please contact Nick Hilton, Sam Oxley, Martin Tabor, Peter Lawrence or Diana Manson.