No Content Set
Exception:
Website.Models.ViewModels.Components.General.Banners.BannerComponentVm

Services

Technical services and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, water, resources, defence and government sectors.

Advisory and management consulting

Advisory and management consulting services for businesses and projects, including economics, due diligence, transaction advisory, ESG and more.

Communications, creative and digital

Communications, creative and digital solutions for governments and businesses including community engagement, design, research, data and software development.

Laboratories

Scientific analysis services for AgroScience, food safety, workplace exposure, environmental metrics and contaminants of concern in Europe and the UK.

Planning and approvals

Development strategy, planning and approval solutions for buildings, infrastructure, transport and city projects and investments.

Project and program management

Project management solutions for the most complex building, infrastructure, organisational change, and systems projects.

Training

Specialist training services, programs and accreditation for health, safety and risk, project management, and energy sector capability development.

Sectors

World-leading technical and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, resources, water, defence and government sectors.

Property

Design, technical and advisory services for the property sector, including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, health, education and data centre projects.

Energy

Energy exploration, development and optimisation solutions for renewables, power and gas networks, energy storage, oil and gas and nuclear facilties.

Transport

Smart, safe and sustainable transport infrastructure development services and advice for rail, aviation, port and road clients and projects.

Defence and government services

Expertise for defence capability and infrastructure investments, security and safety projects, and information and telecommunications initatives.

Water

Discover our industry-leading strategy, design and management solutions for wastewater, groundwater, flooding, drainage and network infrastructure.

Resources

Commercial data, design advice and technical management solutions for safe and environmentally responsible resource exploration and operations.

About us

Responsibility

Services

Technical services and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, water, resources, defence and government sectors.

explore Services
Advisory and management consulting

Advisory and management consulting services for businesses and projects, including economics, due diligence, transaction advisory, ESG and more.

Due diligence

Economics

Strategy and transformation

Commercial and technical advisory

Transaction advisory

Project investment and finance

ESG consulting

Deal advisory

Explore Advisory and management consulting
Communications, creative and digital

Communications, creative and digital solutions for governments and businesses including community engagement, design, research, data and software development.

Communications and engagement

Creative, visualisation and immersive design

Social advisory and research

Data management, analytics and insights

Spatial intelligence and GIS

Software development

Explore Communications, creative and digital
Design and development

Technical and consulting services for buildings, infrastructure and cities including architecture, engineering, surveying, landscape architecture and urban design.

Architecture

Lifts and escalators

Building services engineering

Civil engineering

Fire engineering

Geotechnical engineering

Landscape architecture

Structural engineering

Surveying

Utility options and design

Urban design

Explore Design and development
Laboratories

Scientific analysis services for AgroScience, food safety, workplace exposure, environmental metrics and contaminants of concern in Europe and the UK.

AgroScience analysis

Food safety analysis

PFAS Analysis

Environmental analysis

Analysis of unknowns

Workplace exposure analysis

Explore Laboratories
Planning and approvals

Development strategy, planning and approval solutions for buildings, infrastructure, transport and city projects and investments.

Planning consultancy

Transport planning

Explore Planning and approvals
Project and program management

Project management solutions for the most complex building, infrastructure, organisational change, and systems projects.

Program management

Project management

Cost management / quantity surveying

Building consultancy

Explore Project and program management
Training

Specialist training services, programs and accreditation for health, safety and risk, project management, and energy sector capability development.

Health, safety and risk

Training: project management

Capability development and training for the energy sector

Explore Training

Sectors

World-leading technical and consulting solutions for clients in the property, energy, transport, resources, water, defence and government sectors.

explore Sectors
Property

Design, technical and advisory services for the property sector, including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, health, education and data centre projects.

Residential

Commercial and retail

Leisure and tourism

Industrial

Health and healthcare

Education

Data centres

Explore Property
Energy

Energy exploration, development and optimisation solutions for renewables, power and gas networks, energy storage, oil and gas and nuclear facilties.

Oil and gas

Renewables

Nuclear facilities

Power and gas networks

Storage

Explore Energy
Transport

Smart, safe and sustainable transport infrastructure development services and advice for rail, aviation, port and road clients and projects.

Rail

Aviation

Ports

Roads

Explore Transport
Defence and government services

Expertise for defence capability and infrastructure investments, security and safety projects, and information and telecommunications initatives.

Defence

Security and safety

Information and telecommunications

Explore Defence and government services
Water

Discover our industry-leading strategy, design and management solutions for wastewater, groundwater, flooding, drainage and network infrastructure.

Water management

Wastewater

Flooding and drainage

Groundwater

UK and Ireland regulated water asset management

Explore Water
Resources

Commercial data, design advice and technical management solutions for safe and environmentally responsible resource exploration and operations.

Mining

Waste

Explore Resources

Projects

We define, design and manage projects that create shared value to a complex, urbanising and resource-scarce world.

explore Projects

Brilliant minds finding solutions to complex problems, made easy to understand. Making complex easy.

Brilliant minds finding solutions to complex problems, made easy to understand. Making complex easy.

explore Insights
View of Littlemore Park's residential units surrounded by greenery and trees

Urbanisation

Littlemore Park, Oxford

ON THIS PAGE
Contact us

We were appointed by Catalyst Housing to secure reserved matters consent, amendment applications and condition / s106 discharge approvals for Littlemore Park within the Oxford City Council’s boundary.

The outline consent included up to 270 residential units to be delivered through a mix of houses and flats. The s106 secured an affordable-led scheme of at least 50% affordable with a tenure split of 80% social rent and 20% shared ownership. We have recently been working with Catalyst and the contractor to secure the discharge of pre-commencement conditions and s106 obligations. Following confirmation from Catalyst that they now intend to deliver the whole scheme as 100% affordable, we have also worked with the team and solicitors to ensure that Community Infrastructure Levy relief is secured and the sequencing of condition discharge approvals and works on site do not put this at risk.

We coordinated the technical team, led on pre-application meetings with both the City and County Council, reviewed and advised on all other technical reports, and prepared the Planning Statement for the reserved matters submission.

Project name

Littlemore Park

Client

Catalyst Housing Ltd

 

Location

Oxford

Services provided:

- Planning Consultancy

- Archaeology

View of Littlemore Park's residential units surrounded by greenery and trees

Solution

Following various discussions with officers and the Council’s legal team, who were at first reluctant to agree changes to the outline parameters, we were able to reach the following agreements:

  • Secure a relaxation to the approved parameter plans condition which as currently secured would not have allowed a revised reserved matters layout and also would have prevented key flood risk issues from being resolved
  • Secure an amendment to the approved split between houses and flats to increase the quantum of flats. This was required to ensure viability was improved and the unit types were deliverable

Following these approvals, we worked with Catalyst to review the unit mix on the site and put forward a justification to demonstrate why the unit mix secured within the outline consent did not now meet the requirements of Oxford’s Housing Team or Catalyst’s own required unit mix. After a series of negotiations, we agreed with officers that the changes to the unit mix could be appropriately secured through a s73 (minor material amendment) and that this could run in parallel with the determination of the reserved matters application.

We worked with Catalyst’s solicitors to put forward this case to the Council to ensure that the timetable would be met. These changes were secured at Planning Committee where Councillors praised the work undertaken with officers and the community to deliver a better designed mix which still contains 50% affordable housing. Following agreement to the Deed of Variation, the s73 was approved in December 2019.

The final conditions and obligations are now being progressed and construction has commenced on site.