Carter Planning has assisted Brookwood Cemetery with proposals to remediate and landscape an area of land covering almost 2 hectares in the Surrey Green Belt to provide more plots for future burials.
Brookwood Cemetery first opened in 1854 and was at one time the largest cemetery in the world. Today, it continues to be the largest cemetery in Western Europe and since its opening, approximately 250,000 people have been laid to rest within the beautiful grounds. The cemetery is listed a Grade I site in the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
Brookwood Cemetery was conceived by the London Necropolis Company in 1849 to house London’s deceased, at a time when the capital was finding it difficult to accommodate its increasing population of living and dead.
Brookwood was originally accessible by rail from a special station, the London Necropolis Railway Station, next to Waterloo Station in Central London.
The Cemetery also contains the Brookwood Military Cemetery which covers 15 hectares and includes the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom and the Brookwood American Cemetery and Memorial.
A planning appeal has been successful for various extensions and improvements to a golf clubhouse in the Surrey Green Belt. The Inspector found that the proposals were relatively modest with limited visual impact and would not be inappropriate development in the Green Belt.
Planning permission has been negotiated in Bisley, Surrey, for the erection of nine family houses. The proposed development was considered to be acceptable in relation to its impact on local character, residential amenity, biodiversity and highway safety. Planning permission was granted subject to conditions.
Carter Planning is pleased to have prepared the “very special circumstances” justification for the erection of an 80,000 sq ft factory in the Surrey Green Belt, together with the erection of 23 residential dwellings and the demolition of the existing factory buildings. The proposal is to create a new global headquarters for Vision Engineering, a high-technology optical business, by amalgamating sites in the area and redeveloping the existing site for residential houses and flats.
Vision Engineering competes with international companies such as Olympus, Nikon, Carl Zeiss, Leica, and Mitutoyo. In order to improve global competitiveness they required larger, modern premises. The Company has 200 highly skilled employees. Redevelopment next to one of their existing facilities contributes to sustainable job retention and creation and allows the business to continue production during the development.
Guildford Borough Council accepted that allowing a modern facility to be built in the Green Belt on a single site, improves operational efficiencies, retains employment and provides new job opportunities in this area, which would benefit the local economy and community. This gives the Company the ability to significantly improve their position in the global market in which they are competing, to contribute to the UK economy and the reputation of UK technology industries abroad. The Secretary of State has agreed with our submissions that ‘very special circumstances’ exist and has agreed that the economic benefits of the proposal are such that he did not need to call the scheme in for his determination. Architect: BBF Fielding
In an interesting appeal decision in the Surrey Green Belt a Planning Inspector has allowed the creation of a vehicle access including a vehicle turntable, together with the refurbishment of an existing Grade II Listed cottage.
The Inspector concluded that due to the rural location of the dwelling it was highly probable that any occupant of the property would own/use a car and the provision of a small on-site parking place would give the occupants of the dwelling safe onsite parking for a small car as the alternative would be to park of the main road, which would obstruct the free flow of traffic and have an adverse impact on highway safety. As such the proposed vehicle parking area and car turntable would have the potential to improve highway safety and, taken together with the refurbishment of the listed building, produced an acceptable scheme.
Planning permission has been obtained for a gated entrance to a private estate in Surrey. In an unusual appeal it was determined that the gates were “inappropriate development in the Green Belt,” but that very special circumstances existed to allow them.