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Housing in Swanwick, Hampshire

We have recently provided support to Taylor Wimpey for the submission of an outline planning application for up to 70 new homes in Swanwick, Hampshire. Our role was to work within a team of consultants and prepare a Concept Masterplan and Design and Access Statement which demonstrated the design principles...Read More »


Masterplan for 400 houses and open space in Hailsham, East Sussex

Working with Rydon Homes and Gleeson Strategic Land Ltd and a team of consultants led by Barton Wilmore, we have prepared a detailed masterplan which forms the basis of an outline planning application for 400 new homes and open space. The site lies on the southern edge of the existing...Read More »


Plans for up to 550 new homes in Yapton, West Sussex

Two outline planning applications have been submitted for up to 550 new homes in total for two adjoining sites in Yapton, West Sussex. Acting for both Gleeson Strategic Land Ltd and Landlink Estates on a strategic allocation site, we have prepared proposals for both a comprehensive masterplan and separate stand...Read More »


Detailed application for Guildford site

 

Acting for CALA Homes (South Home Counties) Limited , we have just prepared and submitted a detailed planning application for 39 new homes on a former kennels and nursery site on the southern edge of Guildford. The site had a number of challenges including Listed Buildings, a Conservation Area, Greenbelt,...Read More »


Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid approves 97 homes scheme

Hassocks Streetscene

The communities secretary has approved outline plans for 97 homes on a site at Hassocks in West Sussex, despite concluding that the decision could ‘lead to an erosion of local confidence in neighbourhood planning’.

Developer Gleeson Developments had appealed against the decision of Mid Sussex District Council to refuse planning permission...Read More »


Planning application for housing in Riseley, Berkshire

An outline planning application has been submitted to Hart District Council for 83 houses on a site on the edge of Riseley. The proposals are submitted on behalf of Gleeson Developments Ltd and provide a mix of housing and open space with 40% affordable homes.

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Affordable housing in Milford, Surrey

Outline proposals for 20 new affordable homes have been submitted to Waverley Borough Council for a site in Milford, Surrey. Whilst the site is greenfield, it adjoins the existing urban area and is well connected to local services and public transport routes. The scheme shows a mix of starter homes, socially...Read More »


Regeneration of Melton Mowbray Hospital

Richards Urban Design have been appointed to work alongside Lambert Smith Hampton planning team to assist in the regeneration of Melton Mowbray Hospital. Acting on behalf of NHS Property Services, the team will be seeking to maximise the regeneration value of the site in the context of the heritage and...Read More »


Consultation on new housing in Riseley

Proposals for a new housing development on the edge of the village of Riseley, Berkshire have been shared with the community in a leaflet which was circulated to over 200 homes in the local area.

The leaflet contained a draft illustrative masterplan which has been prepared to explore how the site could...Read More »


Garden village proposals submitted to DCLG

A proposal for a new garden village in Hampshire has been developed by Richards Urban Design and submitted to the DCLG.

The scheme has been developed in response to the Governments recent document “Locally-Led Garden Villages, Towns and Cities 2 (March 2016) and comprises a new freestanding settlement with 1500 new homes...Read More »


Shaftsbury proposals approved by committee

Proposals for 170 new homes with open space have been approved by North Dorset Council on 1st March 2016. The outline planning application was submitted back in April 2015 on behalf of Gleeson Developments Ltd. and it has taken nearly a year to negotiate to a successful conclusion.

The scheme lies on...Read More »


Approval for 50 new homes in Bramley, Hampshire

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Planning Committee resolved to approve an outline planning application for up to 50 new homes on 10th February 2016.

The proposals, on land north of Sherfield Road was prepared on behalf of Gleeson Developments Ltd and includes a range of housing types including a number of affordable units,...Read More »


Development brief for Bourton Hall

Working with Lambert Smith Hampton we have prepared a Development Brief to assist in the disposal of Bourton Hall, Bourton-on-Dunsmore in Warwickshire.

The site includes the impressive Grade II Listed Bourton Hall and Roman Catholic Chapel together with its extensive grounds. The brief provides planning policy and design guidance to assist...Read More »


Community engaged in Lyneham

A second public exhibition took place on Tuesday 10th November to show the emerging proposals for land at Pound Farm in Lyneham, Wiltshire. The exhibition was well attended with lots of interesting discussion on the site and its potential to provide new housing and open space for the village.

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Approval for housing in Godstone, Surrey

Full planning permission has been granted for 21 new homes on a former garden centre site in Godstone, Surrey for Thakeham Homes. The site lies in the Greenbelt and a previous scheme had been refused.

Working closely with the Council, the Parish Council and the client team we prepared a revised application...Read More »


New housing in Bramley, Hampshire

An outline planning application for up to 50 new homes has been submitted to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council on behalf of Gleeson Developments Ltd. The scheme, on land north of Sherfield Road includes a range of housing types including a number of affordable units, a large amount of informal public open...Read More »


Revised detailed application in Godstone

A detailed planning application for 21 new homes has been prepared and submitted to Tandridge Council on behalf of Thakeham Homes. The scheme involves the redevelopment of a garden centre site in the greenbelt. Working closely with landscape architects, ecologists and highway engineers the scheme has been designed to minimise...Read More »


Consultation for new housing and open space in Lyneham

Members of the local community were invited by Gleeson Developments Ltd to be part of the planning process and discuss options for development on the edge of Lyneham in Wiltshire.

The purpose of the event is to help us understand the issues and opportunities for the proposed development of land at Pound...Read More »


Development of new community in Eastleigh gets go ahead

North Stoneham Park

Eastleigh Local Area Committee (LAC) granted outline planning permission for a new community at a site south of Chestnut Avenue and west of Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh.

The new development will provide 1100 new homes and the proposals also include plans to create a new local centre with a new primary school,...Read More »


Appeal allowed for housing and care home Horsham District

View of proposed development at Broadbridge Heath

Continued success for Gleeson Developments Ltd as a Planning Inspector allowed an appeal and awarded costs against Horsham District Councils decision to refuse planning permission for the development of up to 165 residential dwellings and a 60-bed care home in Broadbridge Heath, West Sussex.

The original outline application was prepared by Richards...Read More »


Masterplan for new community at North Stoneham Park submitted

The outline planning application has been submitted to Eastleigh Borough Council for the development of land south of Chestnut Avenue, North Stoneham Park. The proposed masterplan will deliver a high quality residential-led development of around 1,100 new homes with a wide range of exciting new community facilities that will create a...Read More »


Detailed application in Godstone

A detailed planning application for 27 new homes has been prepared and submitted to Tandridge Council on behalf of Thakeham Homes. The scheme involves the redevelopment of a garden centre site in the greenbelt. Working closely with landscape architects, ecologists and highway engineers the scheme has been designed to minimise...Read More »


Masterplan consultation for 1100 new homes

Masterplan proposals for land south of Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh were shared with the public for the first time at the end of October.

The land south of Chestnut Avenue has been identified as the site of a potential development for several years, and was included as a housing site in Eastleigh...Read More »


Submission for 60 new homes in Eastergate

Working with our client Linden Homes and a team of consultants including Genesis, Remarkable, HDA and i-transport proposals have recently been submitted for 60 new homes on land to the north of Barnham Road in Eastergate, Arun. The application is submitted on behalf of Linden Homes Strategic and is...Read More »


Consultation on masterplan in Bramley

A concept masterplan showing how land at Bramley, Basingstoke could provide up to 200 new homes, open space and a shop has been shared with the local community. It is envisaged that the housing will comprise a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom housing. to meet a wide...Read More »


Application for new housing in Oakley

An outline planning application for 107 new homes in Oakley, Basingstoke has been submitted to the Council on a site on the edge of the village. The site is located partly within the Church Oakley Conservation Area, which includes a number of important Listed Buildings. Whilst in outline form, all...Read More »


Planning permission for 80 houses in Barnstaple

More success for Gleeson Developments Ltd as North Devon Planning Committee made the decision to approve the outline planning application for 80 new homes on the northern edge of Barnstaple.

The site lies directly to the north of North Devon Hospital and the outline application was locally controversial due...Read More »


Appeal allowed in Calne

The appeal has been allowed and planning permission has been granted for a development comprising a specialist dementia care facility and a residential development of up to 125 units, which would include about 37 affordable housing units, on land at Marden Farm off Stockley Lane, Calne. Working with Gleeson Developments, RUD had prepared...Read More »


Options for Eastergate

A community engagement event was held...Read More »


Sharing ideas for new housing at Wincanton

Consultation for a scheme including 35 new homes, a children’s play...Read More »


Broadbridge Heath growth plans submitted to Council

A public exhibition for 24 new homes was...Read More »

New office and warehouse building in West Berkshire

Detailed proposals for a new employment building in Easter...Read More »

Detailed application for Mudeford House Lodge

Detail planning and Listed Building applications have been submitted for a new dwelling adjacent to Mudeford House in Christchurch, Dorset. Working with the landowner, proposals have been drawn...Read More »


Application for 97 homes in Hassocks

An outline planning application has been submitted for up to 97 new homes in Hassocks, Mid Sussex. The site adjoins the existing urban area and provides a sustainable location for new development close to existing facilities and the rail station. The layout responds positively to the opportunities of the site...Read More »


Working with Thakeham Homes

We have recently started working with Thakeham Homes, based in West Sussex on a number of projects to bring forward residential development on a number of sites in the south east. Working alongside KDP Architects we have recently prepared the Design and Access Statement and visual images for a planning...Read More »


Community engaged at Broadbridge Heath

Members of the local community met with consultants and the site promoter, Gleeson Strategic Land at a community engagement event to explore the potential to provide new housing on land at Broadbridge Heath in Sussex. The event was well attended by over 250 people who shared their views on a number of options for the...Read More »


Masterplan consultation for Hassocks

Proposals for a new masterplan including housing and public open space have been revealed to the local community in Hassocks. A leaflet explaining the potential development of the site including an indicative masterplan has been sent out to the local community to gauge their view on the proposals.

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Proposals for 80 new homes in Barnstaple

An outline planning permission has been submitted on behalf of Gleeson Developments for up to 80 new homes at Trayne Farm, Barnstaple. Working with a team of consultants including Planning Potential, Enderby Land and EAD, we have prepared the outline proposals for the site. The lies on the northern edge of...Read More »


Outline application submitted

An outline planning permission has been submitted on behalf of Gleeson Developments for up to 70 new homes in Rosedale, Hertfordshire. We have provided the outline proposals for the site alongside a team of consultants to ensure that they are both technically sound and provide flexibility for the submission of...Read More »


Draft SPD open for comments

The Draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for a new mixed used development, including up to 2000 new homes and a country park, on the southern edge of Newbury was shared with the public at a community engagement event on Thursday 18th April at Newbury Rugby Club. The event was well...Read More »


New housing in Rosedale, Hertfordshire

Proposals for a new housing development in Rosedale, Hertfordshire have been shared with the local community. We are currently working with Gleeson Developments in bringing forward a site to provide a mix of housing and open space including a number of new views through the site to the open countryside....Read More »


Masterplanning commences in Barnstaple

Working with Gleeson Developments we have just commenced the masterplanning of a new site in Barnstaple, Devon. The land to the north of the existing North Devon District Hospital has been identified as having potential to provide a mix of housing, open space and a new elderly care facility. A...Read More »


Luxury camping in the tree tops

Proposals for three tree houses in a wood in East Meon, Hampshire have been submitted to the local planning authority. The site lies within the South Downs National Park and is part of a luxury camping / glamping venture. The tree houses have been carefull designed with arboroiculturalists to ensure...Read More »


Masterplan promotion in Crawley

Working alongside Savills Planning and Paul Bahsam Associates we have just prepared a submission to promote the allocation of land in Crawley for future residential development. Our work looked at both the technical aspects of the site and provided a masterplan and illustrations to show how the site could be...Read More »


Marden Green application submitted

The planning application for the development of a new residential area including 125 new homes, specialist dementia care facility and a new town green has been submitted to Wiltshire Council. We prepared the outline and detailed planning application proposals on behalf of Gleeson Strategic Land. The proposals present a strong vision for...Read More »


Society of Architectural Illustrators Workshop

Colin was the guest presenter for the SIA at the recent workshop at Solent University in Southampton. Colin joined some of the best artists and illustrators currently working including Keith Hornblower, Don Coe, Pete Jarvis and Shona Coppin to demonstrate a range of techniques and the role they play in...Read More »


Lord's Hill Way Regeneration

The vision for the regeneration of Lords Hill Way is being taken forward and promoted by Cllr Richard Williams, Leader of Southampton City Council. Working with Barratts and the City Council we have been developing an innovative approach to masterplanning to regenerate the Lord’s Hill Way in Southampton. The proposals...Read More »


Calne masterplan consultation

Proposals for a new development in Calne have been shared with the local community for their feedback. Gleeson are proposing to submit a planning application comprising a care facility for the elderly and assisted living apartments with associated amenity space; residential development with associated parking and gardens, community orchards, allotments,...Read More »


Dunston Fields Consultation

The draft masterplan for Dunston Fields was shared with the local community at a public consultation event which took place today in Thatcham. The site is being promoted to provide a mix of housing and open space with improved links to the wider countryside.

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Planning consent for 13 new apartments

Planning permission was granted for 13 new units on the site of a former pair of semi detached dwellings in Wick Street, Littlehampton. The proposals included the conversion and extension of the existing properties to provide a mix of 1 and 2 bedroom flats. We worked closely with the client...Read More »


Masterplan for 2000 new homes takes another step forward

Following the Examination in Public earlier this year into West Berkshire Council’s draft Core Strategy, the Government-appointed Planning Inspector in charge has released a report which concludes the Strategy to be sound. We are currently working with WYG and West Berkshire Council in preparing a masterplan for the strategic allocation...Read More »


Planning application for new housing in East Preston, Sussex

A detailed planning application has just been submitted to Arun District Council for 14 new homes. We have been working closely with our client, the Council and the WYG Planning team over a period of  months to ensure the scheme responds to site in planning, design and layout.

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South Alton Masterplan engages with the community

Proposals for the growth of Alton Town have been shared with the public via an exhibition and dedicated web site http://southalton.com/ . We have been wroking closely with WYG in preparing proposals for the development of a new leisure centre which forms an important part of...Read More »


Strategic masterplanning work commences

We have recently commenced work on a new strategic masterplan for up to 2000 new homes, a country park, schools and local centre in Berkshire. There is national interest in the site and as part of the project we have built a web site to communicate the masterplan and proposals to...Read More »


Vision for Calne shared with Town Council

The vision for a new development at Marden Green in Calne, Wiltshire was well received by Calne Town Council. On behalf of Gleeson Strategic Land we have been preparing proposals for a new “green” with 120 new homes, housing for the elderly, allotments, a community orchard and ecological enhancements to create...Read More »


Boorley Green Community Planning weekend

Initial ideas and concepts for the development of a masterplan including 1,400 new homes at Boorley Green and 250 new homes at Pylands Lane in Hedge End, Southampton were developed with the local community at a community planning weekend. Colin worked alongside the lead masterplanners John Thompson and Partners and other consultants including WYG and...Read More »


Approval for 31 new homes in Cornwall

Outline planning permission has been granted for 31 new homes on a prominent site in Perranporth, Cornwall. Despite some local opposition the scheme which included a new eco house set into the cliff and a large proportion of affordble homes was given the go aead by planning commitee. RUD prepared the scheme and...Read More »


Planning application for 117 homes approved in just 10 weeks

Permission has been granted for outline consent to develop 117 new homes on the former Rubery Hospital site in Birmingham. Acting on behalf of the NHS, Richards Urban Design and Lambert Smith Hampton worked together to prepare and submit the application. Positive engagement with the Council and key stakeholders in...Read More »


Thanks for making year one a success



Richards Urban Design celebrates its first birthday in January and would like to thanks all those who have helped us get this far.

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Exploring the potential of public house sites

We are currently working on of a number of public house sites in the south east to establish their maximium development value. Alongside Savills Licensed Leisure team in Southampton and on behalf of Enterprise Inns we are exploring ways to retain pubs and provide new residential and commerical opporunties.

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Artists impression of new Camstead Homes development

Pete Jarvis is currently preparing a number of illustrations of a new Camstead Homes scheme in Stamford to help with the marketing of the properties.

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Site promotion for housing on former railway site

Proposals have been prepared to assist in the promotion of a former sidings site in Whitchurch in Hampshire. Lambert Smith Hampton have been providing the planning advice for the project. The team are acting on behalf of BRB (Residuary) Ltd.

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Planning application submitted for 124 new homes

Acting on behalf of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Richards Urban Design and Lambert Smith Hampton have submitted a planning application for 124 new homes on surplus land at Rubery Hospital. The team worked closely with Birmingham City Council in developing the scheme and a detailed Design and Access...Read More »


Success for site promotion at Boorley Green, Eastleigh

Eastleigh’s Cabinet will be asking for plans to be worked up to include the Boorley Green site after identifying it as the preferred location for a greenfield development of around 1,400 homes in its draft  local plan among other sites in the borough. 

Richards Urban Design have been working closely with White...Read More »


Planning and Listed Building Consent granted

Planning and Listed Building consent has been granted for the extension of Mudeford House (Grade II) in Christchurch, Dorset. Richards Urban Design designed the new extension to include a pool and gynasium and prepared the Design and Access Statement, working closely with Savills to submit the planning application.

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Masterplan for Waterton, Bridgend

richards urban design is preparing a masterplan and advising on the redevelopment of three significant sites in Bridgend for the County Borough Council, South Wales Police and a group of private land owners. The masterplan includes a mix of uses and responds to the constraints and opportunities of the...Read More »


Development brief for Chipping Norton Hospital

NHS Oxfordshire have appointed Richards Urban Design and Lambert Smith Hampton to prepare a developent brief for the former War Memorial Hospital in Chipping Norton, West Oxfordshire. The brief will be used to assist in understanding and maximising the development potential of the site for its future disposal.

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Mudeford House planning application submitted

Proposals for the conversion and extension of buildings at Grade II Listed Mudeford House have been submitted to Christchurch Borough Council for their planning consideration. Richards Urban Design, working closely with Savills planning team in Wimborne have prepared and submitted applications for Planning and Listed Building Consent. A decision is...Read More »


Brixham Development Brief agreed

Torbay Development Agency have agreed the final version of the development brief for Freshwater Quarry and Oxen Cove in Brixham. The document was prepared by Richards Urban Design and Savills and provides planning and urban design guidance for the future regeneration of two key sites in Brixham Town Centre, Freshwater Quarry...Read More »


richards urban design move into new offices in Southampton

Richards Urban Design have moved into their new offices at the Design Chapel in Southampton in January 2011. The Design Chapel is home to creative inviduals and small companies in a totally unique and inspiring work environment in a grade II listed Chapel in Southampton. Services offered at...Read More »


Brixham regeneration engagement event

On behalf of Torbay Development Agenecy, we are working closely with Savills Planning team in Exeter to prepare a development brief for two key sites within Brixham Town Centre. To understand the views of the local community a public engagement event was held in the Scala Hall, Brixham. The project...Read More »


Colin Richards launches urban design consultancy

Colin Richards has left Savills to set up a new urban design consultancy. Colin has over 17 years experience in providing advice on urban design, architecture and planning and has worked for a number of leading planning consultancies including Turleys, RPS and Savills, where he was most recently a Director...Read More »


Proposals for new houses in Perranporth, Cornwall

Working with White Young Green we prepared an outline planning application for residential development on a prominent site in Perranporth, Cornwall.

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