Challenge

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.

Strategy

  • 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.

Results

  • 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.