Colliers International secured permission for a 70 bed care home at a town centre site in Bridgwater. The opportunity then arose to re-plan for a new premium 80 bed hotel drawing from the established planning position.
The following key issues needed to be re-assessed:
- Archaeology (medieval hospital site)
- Flood zone 3
- Constrained access and parking arrangements
- Ward member opposition to highways and design
Application timeframe was drawn from the progress of the development of the nearby nuclear power station.
- A step by step approach was adopted following engagement with a local hotelier on operation and design matters and early discussions with the local planning authority.
- Assembly of multi-disciplinary team (architect, consulting engineers, highways, archaeology)
- Substantial supporting package of information was prepared for submission with the application; responding to Council on matters of planning obligations in respect of major flood protection infrastructure in town.
- Through effective negotiations assisting in reducing the Client’s risk and financial commitments through planning obligations and build costs.
- Managed project effectively ensuring timeframes were met and as a result of strong relationships being formed with the local planning authority to ensure consistent progress.
- We obtained plannuing permission for an 80 bed hotel with ancillary restaurant, bar, lounge and parking.
- Permission also allowed the creation of two new commercial units within the site's proximity.