HOW Planning has successfully secured full planning approval for the redevelopment of a 3.25ha allocated site in Ulverston. Developer, Rawdon Property Group plans to transform the site into an extensive employment-led, mixed use development.

The application for Beehive Business Park was submitted to South Lakeland District Council and approval paves the way for a premium employment location that will deliver wide ranging benefits including securing over 300 jobs.

Planning permission has been granted for the erection of employment units; 2 retail foodstore units, for occupiers Aldi and a Marks & Spencer Food Hall; a veterinary practice unit; and the creation of new internal roads and car parking areas as well as new landscaping. HOW carried out an extensive pre-application consultation exercise with the local community and South Lakeland District Council, for the scheme which is just off the A590 and located adjacent to Cumbria County Council’s ‘Blue Light Hub’, currently under construction. The site comprises part allocated employment land which is also home to the Hub, and an additional portion of unallocated land which has been secured to maximise the opportunities for employment.

Says Conor Vallelly, Associate at HOW Planning: “This is an excellent result. We know from the feedback that the majority of the people in Ulverston and the surrounding area want to see this development delivered. It will create many opportunities for the local community and the wider district, acting as a catalyst for investment to the area.”

Brian Scott from Rawdon Property Group added: “We have been working closely with our advisers for a long time to ensure this development will meet all expectations and ambitions for the area. The decision ensures we can now make a start on delivering on our plans.”

The team involved with the Beehive Business Park scheme include Damson Consultancy, architect; R G Parkins engineers; and Mott MacDonald highways consultants. HOW Planning provided planning and environmental consultancy services.