Motor Ace

Unanimous Planning Committee approval for redevelopment.


The site had been earmarked for development for many years as part of a comprehensive scheme to enhance a rundown part of the city.

Beacon were appointed by the owner to secure planning permission for its redevelopment to provide 11 apartments above 2 shops.

The site was heavily constrained by surrounding properties. To the rear was a row of terraced houses - already identified for demolition as part of the redevelopment of the wider site. Although this presented a design challenge in terms of residential amenity it was successfully argued that this should not outweigh benefits of redevelopment.

The scheme was strongly supported by the council’s independent design review panel which concluded the planning strategy was appropriate in light of the lack of concerted action with the adjacent landowner. It considered the overall heights and relationships with adjoining properties to be acceptable without pre-empting the terms in which adjacent sites might be redeveloped.

Although recommended for refusal by officers, the Planning Committee accepted the justification for the design and approved the application unanimously.


Planning permission secured in May 2013 following completion of a S106 agreement. Construction is expected to start in 2014.

ClientMotor Ace
Services providedApplication  
BP teamAndy Thompson   Charlotte Burton  
ArchitectFreeland Rees Roberts
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