20 June 2019
Bedfordshire – PBA, now part of Stantec, has helped UK Regeneration secure outline planning permission for the development of the Land East of Biggleswade in Central Bedfordshire.
The 106-hectare site will deliver up to 1,500 homes as part of a high quality, mixed-use development that will help meet local housing and social infrastructure needs. The development will provide education, commercial and community facilities, as well as open space that will include allotments and a country park.
The Land East of Biggleswade also forms part of the wider ‘Growth Point 3’, a location identified for future growth in Central Bedfordshire with the potential to accommodate up to 6,600 homes. The outline planning permission for Biggleswade will unlock the wider Growth Point for future development. PBA are currently supporting Growth Point 3 in the ongoing Local Plan examination.
Jackie Sadek, Chief Operating Officer of UK Regeneration said:
“We want to say a huge thank you to PBA and the rest of the team for their support in getting us to an Outline Permission on our site in Biggleswade in the last few weeks. We couldn’t have done it without them and I am very grateful for their support.“
Commenting on PBA’s role, Stefan Boss, Director Environmental Planning, said:
“Through early integration and in to the masterplanning process, PBA was able to help identify site constraints and opportunities to inform the emerging design. PBA’s proactive approach, local knowledge and strong relationship with stakeholders has been fundamental in maximising the benefits of the development and addressing technical constraints. Such close working with key stakeholders has been instrumental in the success of the project, which progressed from the planning application to receiving permission in under 18 months.“
PBA originally provided transport and infrastructure advice to help secure the site’s allocation in the Local Plan before being asked to deliver additional services, including transport, EIA, flood risk and hydrology, air quality, noise and vibration, lighting, sustainability, retail impact and waste, to support the planning application.