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We can provide a robust planning strategy for residential schemes of any size



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Bell Cornwell undertakes work on residential projects of all sizes and types, from single dwellings up to major urban extension and regeneration schemes. We act for a wide range of clients in the residential sector including national and regional housing developers, landed estates, affordable housing providers and individuals.

Whilst different housing schemes will share many common issues, there may well be different factors to consider according to the precise nature of the proposal and its size and location. Our experience means that we are very familiar with the strategies available to support residential schemes including how to benefit from opportunities arising from residential land supply deficiencies, previously developed land and the use of rural exceptions policies.

For smaller schemes, opportunities for housing might arise through our knowledge of permitted development and the policies which govern the reuse of rural buildings and replacement dwellings. As well as addressing site specific matters, it will also be necessary to consider the possible implications of affordable housing and planning obligations as these have the potential to affect the design and viability of housing developments.

We provide our residential clients with expert guidance at all stages of work, from the provision of initial advice through to scheme development and the preparation of planning applications. If necessary, we can also support our clients in the progression of all levels of planning appeal including providing services as expert witnesses. Where required, we can also undertake environmental assessments (EIAs) and associated work and work as project managers in the co-ordination and delivery of planning applications.

We stay up to speed on everything required to provide the likes of affordable housing, buy to rent structures, and closely monitor the Community Infrastructure Levy to ensure proposals best chances of success. Through promotion, local engagement, planning applications, and implementation, our works can begin with site sourcing and end with delivering effective solutions.

Types of development:

  • Minor residential
  • Major residential
  • Urban extension and regeneration schemes
  • Local plan site promotion
  • Exceptional quality design (“Paragraph 80”) houses
  • Permitted development rights and prior approval applications
  • Barn and redundant building conversions
  • Rural exceptions and affordable housing schemes
  • Replacement dwellings

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Other Sectors

Acting on behalf of landowners, estates, farmers and other rural businesses, we can assist with sites even in the most sensitive locations. Our advice will help to unlock the development potential of your rural enterprise and utilise the initiatives on offer.
Whether you’re building new commercial facilities, repurposing existing premises or looking to secure a change of use, our input will add value to your development. We can highlight the economic and employment benefits of your proposals, address concerns about traffic, servicing and noise as well as carry out sequential analysis.
This type of new development will often attract considerable interest from the local community and may be subject to very specific land use constraints. We can liaise with key organisations to minimise risk and meet operational needs for clients within both the state and independent sectors.
There is a drive for renewable and low carbon energy solutions as well as sustainable waste management to be delivered through new development. There are both local and national policies at play and we can advise how to incorporate such technologies into your scheme.
Developments such as care villages, elderly and dementia care homes and assisted living accommodation require a strong understanding of sector specific issues. We can compile arguments related to need, specialist design and regulatory requirements as well as addressing the impact on local provisions.
We prepare heritage impact assessments to accompany applications as well as any additional consents that are required, such as listed building consent. Consult us at an early stage to identify local heritage assets and mitigate potential issues so you can pursue your scheme with greater confidence.
We can help with a range of home improvement projects such as the construction of ancillary accommodation and ‘granny annexes’, changes to allow working from home or extensions to the existing buildings. We can advise what type of permission you require and the best route to obtaining it.
Our experience includes traditional forms of development such as new hotels, holiday parks, campsites and short stay visitor accommodation. We are also specialists in less common schemes which include tree houses, shepherd huts and other high end, bespoke offerings. Our analysis of the site will help to develop a strategy that’s right for you.
As the housing market becomes more complex, a greater range of alternatives are being brought to the market such as purpose-built student housing, extra care for the elderly and co-living spaces for young professionals. We can help you navigate the associated planning obligations and develop a strategy to obtain the necessary permissions.