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This 50 acre site on the edge of Ashby De La Zouch is being promoted through the Local Development Framework (LDF) as an extension to the town offering not only high quality housing but also additional community facilities. Currently there is a national shortage of housing and all cities and towns are required to provide some of that shortfall whether it is 100 or 10,000 new houses.

DPM feels that this site has the right qualities to contribute towards the numbers required in this area whilst also helping to enhance the quality of development already prevalent in Ashby. By liaising with local planning officers to gain an understanding of what the local principles are with regards to development and design DPM can ensure the right team are on board to deliver these and place the client in the best position of securing planning consent for the site and helping to meet the local housing needs.

This is an island site which is situated opposite Temple Meads Station in a busy, thriving area of Bristol.  In recent years, the renovation of the railway station and the Temple Quay office development have raised the profile of the area and it is now acknowledged as one of the primary “Gateway” sites to the city.  The site itself is almost half an acre and consists of a Grade II listed building – previously a public house – and the adjacent former railway arches.  Multiple designs and ideas have been worked through in consultation with Bristol City Council to ensure that the final design incorporates the listed building while still meeting the LA’s vision and guidelines.

As part of the master planning process we have also included the adjacent site as part of the overall scheme in an effort to create a comprehensive solution to overall area. Proposals exist for the development of two Grade A office buildings totaling some 115,000 ft2.

The site occupied a prime retail pitch opposite Buchanan Galleries, one of the biggest city centre shopping malls in the UK, and arguably one of the best retail locations in the UK. The proposed retail unit was to offer 959 sqm (10306 sqft) net. Having both detailed planning consent and building warrant approvals, the site was ready for construction to commence. Whilst awaiting an upturn in the retail sector, revenue was being achieved through banner and other advertising income.

The proposed site was Phase A of a much larger scheme where the total development could be in excess of 10,000 sqm (108,000 sqft). Phases B to H were subject to being compulsory purchased (CPO) by Glasgow City Council, in partnership with its preferred developer.

DPM had on behalf of its client managed to achieve the complete land assembly for Phase A by purchasing a multiple of Freehold and Leasehold interests through negotiation, avoiding the need for costly and lengthy CPO powers.

The site was sold in 2010 for £5,500,000.


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