Community Planning & Facilities

Facilities and services are the heart of any community. Private and public buildings contribute to the range of community services available.

At Plande, we love getting involved with community projects, helping communities or businesses develop their ideas, source suitable sites or buildings and work with the range of stakeholders, locals, neighbours and Councils to realise such projects.

We have obtained planning permission for a range of community projects including schools, nurseries, medical and veterinary facilities.

If you are looking to create a community hub or service please contact us to discuss how we can help.

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The following case studies provide a small sample of the different types of community planning and facilities we have been involved with.

Community Facilities Nursery Development

Change of Use to rural building into Day Care Nursery

Change of Use of B1 Office rural building into Daycare Nursery

Conversion and Change of Use of existing historic building into Day Care Nursery. A new business wished to lease a vacant existing office building set within open countryside. Rural Planning Permission achieved following negotiation with the Planning Department and Highways Department, including issues on road/ highways safety, parking, vehicular movement and the integration of the external play space within the character of the building and countryside.

Project Achievements: Conversion of building outside of existing settlement boundary, sensitive conversion integrating into historic context.

Local Planning Authority: Flintshire County Council

Community Facilities Teaching Learning Development

Appeal for an Agricultural training/ teaching facility

The Council refused this rural planning permission on several grounds including the principle of development in its rural location as well as the effect of the design on the character of the site and area. A unique proposal, which received substantial local and national support, for an agricultural training facility focusing on the production of food and the care and welfare of farm animals. With regards to the design of the scheme, we successfully argued against the Council’s view that the buildings were too large to fit with the prevailing rural character with the Inspector agreeing that the buildings “would appear well suited to their purpose and not unusual for agricultural buildings” and concluded that these rural planning proposals would not harm the character and appearance of the area.

Local Planning Authority: Fylde Council

see also: Agricultural; D1 Use Education Centre; rural planning

Community Facilities Care Home Development

Conversion and Change of Use to Residential Home for Adults with Autism in Stockport, Cheshire.

Designed for young adults with autism, the building is situated within A Conservation Area in Stockport, nestled in a quiet, tree-lined Victorian avenue. Over three floors this property provides spacious, attractive accommodation for up to six people. There are a range of accommodation options, which include bedrooms with en-suite facilities, studio style rooms and sensory bedrooms as well as a range of communal and personal living rooms.

Local Planning Authority: Stockport Council

see also: C2 Residential Institutions; Conservation Area; Change of Use

Community Facilities School Classroom Development

2 new Classrooms in Bespoke Block of c. 165 sq m floor Area

This project began with the strategic masterplan of the site to link the existing infant and junior school buildings.

Budget constraints meant that much of our proposals could not be carried out, however the strategic masterplan facilitated the construction of the classrooms such that future extensions can be carried out as funds become available.

Following this study a brief was prepared which identified the need for two new classrooms and a specialist teaching area for art.

Designed to appear fresh and modern, elements such as the lowered cill heights and glass blocks set in the render were designed with children in mind.

Local Planning Authority: Cheshire East Council

Community Facilities New School Development Planning

Development of a new Primary School to replace existing inadequate facilities.

Proposals for the school developed based on the jointly prepared brief to include approximately 180 pupils. Natural daylighting, good links to the outside, including covered areas for each classroom were incorporated into the proposals. Externally the scheme included hard and soft play areas, a nature area, a drop off area and staff parking on a 3.5 acres site.

Community Facilities Care Home Planning

Substantial Extension and Remodeling of existing Nursing Home, Connah’s Quay, Flintshire, North Wales

The site had been extended piecemeal several times over its history. We were appointed to take an holistic view on the site as a whole to rationalise and remodel the existing care home whilst investigating the possibility of adding additional bedroom accommodation. Ultimately a 40% increase in the bedroom numbers was achieved, by working closely with the planning and highways departments and developing creative and robust proposals.

Local Planning Authority: Flintshire County Council

Community Facilities Leisure Planning

A Sand Yacht centre on the beach in Lytham

Our client has a history of running centres for disadvantaged youth. The existing building was comprehensively remodelled and extended to provide modern facilities including a cafe, shower facilities and training space. The club for a range of wind sports such as power kiting and sand yachting. Located on the beach front, these proposals will provide fantastic accommodation on one of the best wind sports beaches in the UK.

Project Keywords: SSSI, SAC, Fylde Borough Council, Tourist Attraction, Leisure & Education Facility, Change of Use, Cafe, Club house.

Local Planning Authority: Fylde Borough Council

see also: D1 use training centre; D2 Assembly & Leisure; change of use

Community Facilities Medical Doctors Planning

Change of use from B1 Office to Specialised Ability Centre in Manchester.

An existing B1 Office block, which had been vacant for a number of year, was purchased by our client, Opcare. A full programme of conversion and refurbishment was undertaken including the creation of a dedicated new entrance.

An article in the Manchester Evening News stated:

“The state-of-the-art Specialised Ability Centre in Sharston, Wythenshawe, provides some of the most advanced care and rehabilitation in the country for 2,600 patients needing replacement limbs in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

The centre also provides wheelchair services and other help for around 11,000 people across the region.

The centre is run by Wythenshawe Hospital and was created in partnership with prosthetic limb company Opcare.

It was opened by Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham.

Leigh MP Mr Burnham said: “The state-of the art facilities at the Specialised Ability Centre will be of real benefit to patients across Greater Manchester and East Cheshire.

“The treatment and support offered here by the hospital’s specialist teams will continue to help many patients to live active lives.”

The centre houses one of the largest specialist prosthetic physiotherapy departments in the country, as well as nursing, medical, and prosthetic assessment rooms, an occupational therapy department and a counselling room.”

Local Planning Authority: Manchester City Council

see also: D1 use Medical Centre; D2 Assembly & Leisure; change of use

Community Facilities Sui Generis Veterinary Clinic Planning

Commercial change of use into Vets Practice from detached two storey dwelling.

Located within the heart of Pen-y-Ffordd our client, the Daleside Veterinary Group, purchased a detached two storey dwelling with a view to converting into a high quality Veterinary Clinic, with self contained apartment above.

Converting a residential dwelling into two commercial uses requires substantial works, including fire and acoustic.

An appropriate layout was developed which created a new and separate entrance to the first floor flat (to the side of the building) which allowed the existing access to be utilised for the Vets.

Local Planning Authority: Flintshire County Council

see also: D2 Assembly & Leisure; change of use; sui generis

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