We were instructed to review an existing, unimplemented planning consent for a residential development comprising 206 flats, commercial development and public realm works on a brownfield site in Cardiff.
Former Browning Jones & Morris
Dumballs Road, Cardiff
Intending to purchase the site, our client required advice on a strategy to get the go ahead for significant design changes to the existing scheme without the need to submit a fresh application or revisit the original Section 106 contributions. The changes included increasing the height of the buildings, removing private balconies and providing more shared amenity space, amending the proposed palette of materials and changing the use of the consented commercial space on the ground floor.
Image credit: Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt Architects
We met with Cardiff Council to present our client's proposals and a positive pre-application response was received. Following this, we submitted a Section 73 application, seeking to vary the list of approved plans to reflect the revised scheme.
The application also sought to reword several pre-start conditions relating to drainage, highway works, landscaping, ecology and ground contamination so that demolition could be undertaken without needing to discharge unrelated conditions. The Section 73 application was approved in February 2019, without any increase to the previously agreed Section 106 contributions.
Following receipt of the Decision Notice, demolition of the existing buildings on the site could begin immediately, resulting in a significant improvement to the project timeline for Platform.
Our team have now discharged all the necessary conditions and construction has begun.
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