Industrial Unit

Our work - 26/10/2021

Planning Appeal - Washington, North East

We were instructed by Sunderland City Council to provide expert evidence on employment land issues at a two week planning inquiry.

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Context

  • Sunderland City Council had allocated land at Hillthorn Park for industrial development. A proposal for an Energy from Waste plant attracted considerable public opposition and the Council refused planning consent. 
  • The applicant appealed and we were instructed by the Council to provide expert evidence on employment land issues at a two week planning inquiry. 

Our Approach 

  • We undertook a detailed review of the quantity and quality of the supply of and demand for employment land within the sub-region.  We established that the appeal site was one of the best employment sites in the local authority area and that it was in an area of strong market demand.  
  • The proposed incinerator would create relatively few employment opportunities and there was a strong case that the appeal site should be reserved for employment uses that could realise greater economic benefits.

The Results

  • Proofs of evidence were exchanged prior to the inquiry.  On the basis of the evidence we prepared, the appellant withdrew from the inquiry.
  • Our client avoided the cost and uncertainty of proceeding with the inquiry.
  • Six months after the inquiry a proposal to build 620,000 sq ft of industrial premises at Hillthorn Park was announced. 

Hillthorn Park

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