The proposal raised a number of complicated issues with the site being prominently located in the towns conservation area adjacent to a number of listed buildings. RCC were responsible for coordinating the pre-application enquiry process, community involvement and the subsequent formal planning application. All of these processes involved a number of other specialist consultants and RCC were responsible for liaising with them and managing the whole process. One particular issue that held up the planning approval concerned the viability of the proposal and the implications for the council’s normal affordable housing requirements. After lengthy negotiations the council accepted the case put to them and approval was granted under delegated powers.
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This site was the main warehouse and distribution premises for the Devizes based brewery Wadworth & Co Ltd, containing workshops and stabling for shire horses. RCC became involved in this site to act on behalf of the brewery who intended to reorganise their activities and operations whereby the main site would become redundant as a result.
Sixpenny Nurseries have a small group of nurseries in Wiltshire. Their lease in Devizes was ending and new premise was a priority. RCC discussed possible options with them but a number of possible sites raised issues concerning the potential impact of the proposed use on traffic and residential amenity of an area.
RCC was asked by the architects for this job (PKA Architects) to assist them by submitting a planning application for a farm diversification proposal. The proposal, on a dairy farm, was to establish a micro ice cream factory within an existing small agricultural building whilst then building an additional linked building to house a café.