Architecture and Planning News and Advice

Impact of Labour Majority on Planning

8th July 2024
With the election results published and a swing in political majority all eyes are on the incoming Labour government. Michael Bamford, Chartered Town Planner takes a look at what changes could be in store for planning and architectural services.

Infill inspires – New home in Derby

26th June 2024
Planning & Design Practice have successfully secured planning permission for the construction of a new home in Mackworth, Derby. The site consisted of a parcel of unused land located within a residential area.

Investing in heritage – Cromford Mills

26th June 2024
PDP are pleased to announce that they have become the first Corporate Support of Cromford Mills as part of a new scheme to develop business partnerships to support the Arkwright Society, a charity which manages the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Partnership brings restoration success

26th June 2024
Planning & Design Practice announce that householder planning permission has been secured for the restoration of outbuildings to provide additional living space at a site in Cawthorne, South Yorkshire, working in partnership with Davey Stone Associates.

Section 73 success for hospital car park

25th June 2024
PDP announce that they have recently secured an approval of a Section 73 application for the variation of the design and conditions of the previously approved scheme for a multi-storey car park at Royal Derby Hospital, on behalf of the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.

Dancing days are over, leaving endangered building

25th June 2024
Planning & Design's Heritage Consultant Ruth Gray discusses the plight of one of Derby’s prominent heritage buildings, the former Education Department that has had an eclectic past, but now makes the Victorian Society 2024 list of endangered buildings.

Parking permitted…

22nd May 2024
Planning & Design Practice are pleased to have assisted Noviniti, on behalf of the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, in securing temporary consent for the change of use of land to a temporary car park at Kingsway, Derby.

Quarry appeal – Balancing the benefits

21st May 2024
PDP Director Richard Pigott recently appeared in a 6-day public inquiry relating to the refusal of planning permission for the re-opening of a former quarry to extract 520,000 tonnes of building stone over a 20-year period in the Bradford district. Here he gives his account of the process, the decision…

Borrowed time for 27 Queen Street?

21st May 2024
Ruth Gray, our Heritage Consultant here at Planning & Design writes about the History of Number 27 Queen Street in Derby, the former home to a famous Astronomer and influential Artists.

Getting the Insider knowledge

20th May 2024
Samuel Young, part of our planning team here at Planning & Design recently attended one of the Marketing Derby Insider Tours, designed to showcase the regeneration and development happening in Derby’s city centre.

Class Q changes

8th May 2024
Changes are coming to Class Q. Chartered Town Planner Michael Bamford explains the incoming changes to Class Q and what they mean for rural development projects.

Modest vacant building fulfills its development potential

17th April 2024
Planning & Design Practice is pleased to announce that full planning permission has recently been secured for the change of use, conversion and extension of an existing outbuilding to a house within Kirk Ireton, Derbyshire allowing it to achieve its development potential.

Biodiversity net gain becomes mandatory

17th April 2024
As reported in our August 2023 newsletter, Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) has recently become mandatory for all development (with some minor exceptions). Chartered Town Planner Richard Pigott, Director, at Planning & Design Practice provides an update.

Demystifying the planning and design process – Part 1

17th April 2024
The planning and design process can be a complex journey for those that haven’t carried out a building project before. David Symons, our Senior Architect sets out the typical planning and design process you can expect to follow when working with us.

Fallback approval secured in Derbyshire Dales

17th April 2024
Planning & Design Practice is delighted to announce that Full planning permission has been secured for the change of use and reconstruction of agricultural buildings to form a single house near Kniveton, Derbyshire.

Success for new agricultural building

16th April 2024
Planning & Design Practice are delighted to announce that prior approval has been obtained for a new agricultural building off Rectory Lane, Breadsall, Derbyshire.

All the world’s a stage, Derby’s theatrical tradition

16th April 2024
With the exciting news that plans for two of Derby’s much-loved theatres are set to move forward, our Heritage Consultant Ruth Gray takes a look back at some of the city’s other performance venues and the theatrical tradition within the city.

Electrifying partnership with Down to Earth Derby

20th March 2024
Planning & Design believe in collaboration, and are “electrified” to announce that they have joined Derby’s nature based regeneration journey by partnering with Down to Earth Derby as part of their Corporate Sponsorship programme.

Great Northern Classics – Driving our heritage

19th March 2024
Samuel Young, part of our Planning Team recently attended a Marketing Derby Bondholder event at Great Northern Classics, off of Osmaston Road, Derby. The aims of the centre, is to preserve and propagate crucial skills for the classic vehicle industry.

Three is the magic number for Class Q applications

19th March 2024
PDP announce three successful Class Q applications, as well as a successful full planning application for the creation of a new home. This successful planning application will allow our client to change the use of, and convert, a number of unused agricultural buildings in East Staffordshire.

New rural home – thanks to Class Q

18th March 2024
Planning & Design Practice are delighted to announce another successful Class Q application. This will allow our client to change the use of, and convert, an unused agricultural building to form a new rural home in Staffordshire.

Statements of Heritage Significance

21st February 2024
Planning & Design Practice were tasked with writing a Statement of Heritage Significance for owners of The Toll Gate House on the outskirts of Ashbourne to help our client secure planning permission.

Success for heritage holiday lets

21st February 2024
Planning & Design Practice announce a successful planning application for the retrospective change of use of one dwelling to two holiday lets, at Langwith Mill House.

Subdivision and conquer

21st February 2024
In partnership with Davey Stone Associates Planning & Design Practice have secured planning permission for the subdivision of a house to form two apartments in Cawthorne, South Yorkshire.

Green belt opportunities

20th February 2024
Planning & Design Practice are pleased to announce the approval of an outline application for the demolition of outbuildings including an old barn allowing the erection of a new home in Heage, Derbyshire.

Heritage update winter 2024

20th February 2024
Our Director Jon Millhouse, both a Chartered Town Planner and a Full Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, brings us his latest Heritage Update on several of the interesting heritage and conservation projects that are happening in Derbyshire and those that we are currently working on.

Barn storming Green Belt success!

16th January 2024
Planning & Design Practice Ltd is delighted to announce that planning permission has recently been secured for the change of use and conversion of existing traditional red brick agricultural buildings to form 3 houses at a farmstead, within the Green Belt in Ockbrook, Derbyshire.

RIBA House of the Year 2023

16th January 2024
Each year the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) searches for the best architect designed home in the UK, focusing on innovation and quality. Our Senior Architect David Symons discusses this year's shortlist and this year’s winner.

Old barns, new homes

16th January 2024
Planning & Design Practice have successfully secured planning permission for the conversion of two former farm buildings into two houses within the open countryside in Loscoe, Derbyshire.

Planning permission boosts rural business near historic hall

16th January 2024
Planning & Design Practice are delighted to announce that planning permission has been granted for the cladding of a building (retrospective) and change of use to a house, that will support a rural business in Barlborough, a village in Derbyshire.

Successful appeal secures new home

16th January 2024
Planning & Design Practice have successfully overturned a decision to refuse to grant planning permission for demolition of an existing bungalow to be replaced with a new house in Quarndon, Derby.

2023 – the year in review

20th December 2023
As 2023 draws to a close, Director Richard Pigott picks out some of his own highlights from the year at Planning & Design and further afield.

2023 – A Derby Renaissance

20th December 2023
Gary Stringer, our Marketing Manager and Derbian, reflects on another exciting year for the city, with a number of schemes coming forward and in the pipeline.

Farm Diversification Approval for Derbyshire Farm

13th December 2023
Planning & Design Practice Ltd is pleased to announce that Full planning permission has recently been secured for the change of use of agricultural field for use as a driver training facility for excavators as part of a farm diversification scheme in Derbyshire.

Planning success aids school masterplan

13th December 2023
Planning & Design Practice are happy to announce that planning permission has been granted for the siting of temporary classroom facilities and an office, as well as a temporary car park at a school in North Northamptonshire.

Appeal success for barn conversion and extension in Derbyshire

13th December 2023
We are pleased to announce that working as Architects, alongside Bagshaws LLP acting as planning agents, we have been granted planning permission by the Planning Inspectorate for the conversion and extension of a disused stone barn in Derbyshire.

Change of Use creates new stables

12th December 2023
Planning & Design Practice Ltd are delighted to announce the planning permission for the erection of a new stables and formation of a menage on a site at Coxbench, Derbyshire. The new stables will replace an old agricultural building and will allow the client ample space for horses and horse-riding…
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