BB Partnership’s scheme for 16 new build flats in Hendon has been granted planning permission by Barnet London Borough Council.

The project for Homegrown Property Development, comprising of 6 x 1-bedroom and 10 x2-bedroom flats, is located on previously developed land on a brownfield site off Hendon Way and includes the demolition of an existing storage building and the erection of a part two, part three store building comprising of 16 self-contained flats with associated amenity space.

The proposed flats utilise a deck access arrangement in order to comply with the London Plan requirement that new flats are dual aspect, the scheme has been designed to comply with the space standards detailed in the London Plan as well as providing external amenity space and meeting the requirements for vertical room stacking to ensure acoustic comfort for residents [for example between living rooms and bedrooms]

We worked in conjunction with a number of other consultants to design a scheme that met all the relevant planning requirements.

The proposed site is overlooked by residential windows to both the front and the rear and as such the scheme had to be designed to ensure privacy of the neighbouring properties along with that of the residents of the proposed development itself.

As part of the application it was necessary to demonstrate that the proposed development would not affect the sunlight or daylight received by the neighbouring properties as well as ensuring that the proposed dwellings received adequate levels of daylight as defined by the BRE guidelines.

Rights of Light Consulting prepared a developable model for the site to ensure that from an early stage this was factored into our design, we then worked with Rights of Light Consulting to ensure that the proposed units met the requirements for sunlight/daylight.

The provision of ecological enhancements such as swift boxes, bat boxes, house sparrow boxes and black redstart boxes have been incorporated in the elevations to enhance the biodiversity value of the site and the surrounding area along with a bio-diverse green roof. Tim Moya Associates [TMA] developed the biodiversity net gain strategy after carrying out an ecological assessment of the site. TMA also advised on the urban greening factor and how the scheme would be designed to ensure that the existing trees on and close to the site would not be affected by the proposed scheme or its construction. As part of the application TMA also prepared a proposed landscaping scheme that formed part of the privacy strategy to the proposed apartments as well as contributing to the urban greening factor and bio-diversity.

Mendick Waring Limited [MWL] worked with us on the sustainability statement to demonstrate that the carbon dioxide savings exceed the 35% on-site target set within the London Plan, which was achieved via the use solar panels, high levels of insulation, hight levels of air tightness, overheating control and air source heat pumps and the use of MVHR [Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery] The overheating calculation also ensures that the proposed scheme will meet the overheating section of the building regulations Part O that took effect in 2022.

Create Consulting Engineers prepared the flood risk assessment for the project as well as the SuDS [Sustainable Urban Drainage Strategy] for the project including attention to which the bio-diverse green roofs contribute to. Create also prepared the acoustic report for the project to demonstrate how the scheme would ensure acoustic comfort for the neighbours and the residents of the proposed development

Apex Planning Consultants lead on the submission of the application and discussions with the officers at Barnet London Borough Council leading to approval of the scheme and the 106 Agreement that accompanies it.

Ashton Fire prepared the fire strategy for the project which also included the input of RGP the project Transport consultants to show how fire appliances could access the site.

RGP developed the strategy for deliveries, refuse storage and collection, cycle parking provision as well as developing the proposal that as the site have a high PTAL rating the scheme could be a car free development other than two disabled persons car parking spaces.

RP + G – Prepared the viability statement that accompanied the application.

Pitch Studios prepared the CGI’s that supported the planning application.

We hope that this article gives a brief insight into what goes into a successful planning application and the role of the team to collaborate to create a coordinated design that not only contributes to the visual appearance of the built environment but also considers and wide range of other and potentially conflicting requirements.

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