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Royal Cornwall Show 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended our stand at the Royal Cornwall Show, this year from the 8th to the 10th of June. Unfortunately the weather was not in our favour for most of the event, although we did get a glimmer of sun here and there. With Sue and Angela nabbing the best day to man the stand weather wise, we all had a fantastic time.

It's always great to see so many people and it provides us with the opportunity to catch up with our colleagues, industry professionals who we work with a lot and also gain new contacts. Its such a great place to network and knowledge share, with such a good atmosphere and positive vibe.




Bat House in place at Gilbury Hill (phase 2) in Lostwithiel


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Planning consent granted yesterday for 75 new affordable homes in Helston.

As part of the design team working for Coastline Housing, we are pleased to announce the approval of an affordable housing scheme for 75 houses and flats in Helston, Cornwall. This was a tricky one and although welcomed by many there were concerns raised by Nansloe Academy about the new access and potential conflict with pupil drop off and pick up point and the new access to the site. We worked hard with the highways officer and ward councillor and the landowners to reach a satisfactory outcome. Whilst the crossing point was safe in highways terms we were able to secure an additional parcel of land to the rear of the school which will greatly help with future expansion of the school and with additional parking to relieve congestion they encounter in their grounds. East sub-area planning committee debated other issues such as noise and the lifting of the MOD objection and the benefits of the schemes and resolved to support the proposal.
A great success for everyone involved in the scheme, we cannot wait for construction to begin!

February's Winner of our 'Development of the Month' Award.

February's Winner for our 'Development of the Month' Award!

Well done Sue on successfully obtaining planning permission for a tricky application!

"Situ8 Ltd are delighted to have obtained planning permission for a new managers dwelling associated with the long established business known as Keveths. The development will provide accommodation for a third generation family member who will be able to live in a new property associated with the business but also providing necessary security measures.

Interestingly the planning application was initially considered to be discordant with the aims and objectives of planning policy and was therefore moving toward a refusal decision. Careful consideration of policy as set out in the new Cornwall Local Plan 2010-2030 occurred, together with the acknowledgement of the full support from the parish council and understanding of the impact of the losses to the business, rural economy and employment opportunities if the scheme was refused. The local planning authority, having taken on board these key issues resolved to support the scheme on the basis that the development was considered as essential to support the established business. A suitably worded condition was included in the decision notice ensuring that the dwelling is occupied as a managers dwelling-house".

- Sue Walters, Situ8 Planning Consultant


Coastline House - Corporate Plan 2017 - 2021

We attended a fantastic event this morning held by Coastline Housing who have launched their Corporate Plan 2017 – 2021 at Heartlands, Pool. Honoured to have been invited and sat amongst friends, colleagues and clients all sharing in the success of Coastline and be a part of a huge team enabling that to be the case. 
A passionate speech made by senior management and a great finale video which clearly sent out the right message about Coastline’s role in meeting the housing needs of Cornwall’s Communities. Onwards and upwards. Very exciting times ahead!


Exeter University - Application deferred thanks to Jo's hard work!

"As a neighbour to Exeter University and a planning consultant, I have been voluntarily supporting/advising the community on how to object to a recent major planning application for student accommodation - to house 1300 students.

I advised the group generally on planning procedure and more specifically on how best to express their concerns e.g focusing on material considerations, planning policy and being less emotive,  whilst promoting the importance of raising the profile of the application within the community including speaking to local Councillors. This resulted in the group producing a flyer highlighting the scale of the proposed scheme which was posted on lamp posts on established walking routes around the campus, hand delivered to residents etc This raised the profile of the application within the community and a significant number of objections were received (in excess of 300). I facilitated a discussion between the community representatives and local Councillors in a pre-planning committee meeting aimed at helping to identify how best to draw out the issues concerning the community, when the group presented their objections at Planning Committee.

The application was recommended for approval by the Planning Officer and was heard at Planning Committee last night.

The Planning Committee, after a heated discussion decided to defer the application, to enable the university to reconsider their proposal in consultation with the community and Councillors". 

A real success…watch this space…

- Jo Widdecombe - Planning Consultant 

RTPI Event - Neighbourhood Development Plans 

Yesterday, Jo Widdecome, one of our fantastic planning consultants attended the RTPI's Neighbourhood Development Plans Event held in Bristol.

Jo: "A great event which provided the opportunity to share some good stories and key messages.

Case studies presented by community volunteers, with a commonality of passion and perseverance.  Highlighting the ups and downs, pros and cons of being apart of the Neighbourhood Plan/Community Right to Build Order process. How, the plan/order making, takes time with examples of innovative community engagement techniques, however this does make people more aware of the issues facing their community e.g. providing affordable housing in perpetuity, in an area where there was no expectation on behalf of the Council, to deliver housing.

A showcasing of local Planning Authority's roles in Neighbourhood Planning: Cornwall recognising the need to assert that emerging neighbourhood development plans make allocations for housing, within the context of the now adopted Local Plan; and Plymouth sharing co-opertaive planning approaches including 'Crowdfund Plymouth', to identify what communities really want money spent on and a mechanism to utilise CIL money attributed to Forums within the City.

 The event provided success with some lessons learnt but a familiar message: neighbourhood planning takes time and resources...expectations need to be managed, set against Government policy tilting towards neighbourhood development plans". Jo Widdecombe - Planning Consultant

January - Development of the Month!

January Winner of our 'Development of the Month'!

Situ8's Planning Consultant Lisa Solly worked alongside Inhaus Architects and the family on this application, securing a successful planning approval!

The site is located at the hamlet of Lambourne, near Penhallow and comprised an application to remove an existing blockwork workshop, and replace it with a two-bedroom dwelling and a replacement workshop that was to be used for the applicants boat business.

In respect of the design journey, given that the site was in a rural location, it was felt that an appropriate design should be reminiscent of a collection of agricultural buildings, with both steel and natural materials incorporated within the design. The proposals were supported by the Parish Council and the Officer, and a delegated approval was issued.


January 2017

Angela Sue and Lisa are Charlie's Angels

Angela Sue and Lisa are Charlie's Angels with some dubious looking men behind them.


Oct 2016: Finally approval granted for...

Residential development of 138 dwellings and associated highways works including restrictions to vehicular access to Trevassack Hill, a footpath link west of the site onto High Lanes and proposed upgrades to Hayle Football Club including a 3G pitch. Full support from the town council and a long awaited chance for Hayle football club to update their facilities. Great news !


Planning Permission Secured!

We have secured planning permission for the residential use of land for the siting of a high quality twin unit caravan in the highly desirable beachside location of Constantine Bay. The structure meets the parameters of a twin unit as defined in the Caravan Sites Act 1968 and Social Landlords (Permissible Additional Purposes) (England) Order 2006 (Definition of Caravan) (Amendment) (England) Order 2006 and has been architecturally designed to ensure its sympathetic siting between residential properties of traditional form and appearance. 

Merry Christmas


Polmear Park

One of our earlier conquests almost completed. 16 houses 50% affordable sale approved at committee despite quite a battle with local opposition.

Some very happy folk in housing need soon to be moving in.


Churchtown Vale/Briansway, Saltash

We have received an appeal decision from the Planning Inspectorate that allows 36 affordable dwellings to be built on land off Churchtown Vale/Briansway, Saltash.  The site, which is currently a paddock in the middle of a residential area, is subject to a Tree Preservation Order that protects several trees around the boundary, and has a Listed building in close proximity.  We, on behalf of our clients Kier and Westward Housing Group, along with the remainder of the design team have been working with Cornwall Council since 2013, to achieve planning permission on the site. While the process has taken some time due to the constraints at the site, we are thrilled at today’s outcome and look forward to seeing the scheme built for the benefit of local people.

"Skate park will be social hub for Lostwithiel..."

Mayor Pam Jarrett said it had proved to be a real community effort, and thanked the youngsters of the town for their patience. "Lostwithiel should be proud that as a small community we have achieved a project that will be so beneficial to our young people and our local economy. It's so much more than just a skate park," she said.

"There are so many people who have worked together to achieve this project, from Benedict Webb who gave his time and insight to designs through to [local planning consultants] Situ8 and everyone in the town who has raised funds and given their free


Lowenna House

We have achieved planning permission for the conversion of Lowenna House – a Grade II Listed building in the centre of the Conservation Area in Lostwithiel - to 5 apartments and 3 mews cottages, and the erection of 3 houses within the grounds (requiring the demolition of a modern extension).  We have been working with the applicants Olivevale Ltd since 2013, and following an initial refusal in 2013 worked closely with Eric Berry, a Historic Building Consultant, the Conservation Officer at Cornwall Council, and the Environment Agency to overcome the initial reasons for refusal. We look forward to seeing this exceptional building being bought back into use. 




Development for a new eco dwelling house,  south east Cornwall – this was a form of development that represented a “hobbit style house” which would be wholly future proofed for the applicant.

Across the County A number of Lawful Use Certificates  have been granted demonstrating with evidence that specific developments/uses are lawful and immune form enforcement action.  This  process adopts a legal approach as opposed to following the process of a planning application submission.

We have had approvals  for the conversion  of unusual former agricultural  buildings across Cornwall to holiday accommodation.

Royal Cornwall Show 2014 

Thank you to all of you who came to say hello to us and to those that joined us for drinks while we watched the RAF Falcons Parachute Team.

We had a lovely successful show and are already looking forwrd to next year.




Michelmores Property Awards – St Mellion Golf Club

"Thank you to you all for your support all the way through the concept and delivery of Gilbury Hill, Lostwithiel. The award is very much for the team as without each and every one of you it could not have happened. I also thank you all for coming to the presentation dinner and hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did." - Christopher Taylour


Christopher R M Taylour
Wycliffe Estates Ltd 







Award Shortlist!

Gilbury Hill development at Lostwithiel for 32 houses has been short listed for the Michelmores Property Awards 2014.

We will hear on 8 May 2014 and celebrate into the night with the design team.






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Lostwithiel Skatepark is on the horizon...

Lostwithiel Skatepark is on the horizon. We are so proud to be part of the ongoing energy involved in bringing this community project forward to fruition. This is part of Situ8’s aim to remain involved in community projects on a pro-bono basis and give something back to the community.

We are compiling the planning application and really proud to say that others have joined in with the goodwill and Chris Jones architect extraordinaire is offering his services for free, SPL Acoustics Ltd have provided a fantastic Noise Assessment and Rob Dean local tree surgeon working for Eager Beaver Tree Services is providing valuable tree advice.


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Getting fit!

Well done to Angela and Sue who are still working hard in the gym.

Thank you to all the people who donated money and supported them.

Affordable Housing Blog -   (Cornwall and Devon)

Situ8 have become an active team member with Sanctuary housing and Kier Living in bringing affordable housing schemes forward in partnership with Cornwall Council. We have an excellent working relationship Cornwall Council officers which has come about after years of trust between all members.

We are an intrinsic member of the design team in delivering over 400 homes across the county and have played our part in ensuring the a number of planning approvals to date have been delivered for;

Polvanny Roche - 32 houses

This scheme had an outline approval for 31 over 55 bungalows and a managers dwelling. The previous layout could not be delivered and we needed to ensure that each home had off street parking and larger gardens. There was also no need for a managers dwelling. We ensured after numerous meetings with the parish council that they understood the scheme to be for those with a local connection who were downsizing to either an affordable rental property of shared ownership.

Wheal Harmony Redruth, 65 houses

Planning approval granted and we worked closely with the planning team to ensure that the wording of the conditions both met with council guidelines and ensured that we could commence on site which would trigger the release of funding for the project.

Scarlettwell Bodmin, 82 houses

Problematic, sloping site. approval granted and conditions to discharge. Only elements of the approved layout have been handed over to our team and unworkable. We are currently liaising with the council to address this.

Barncoose Terrace Pool, 51 houses

Following the approval and when Kier and Sanctuary became involved we discovered that there had been duplication in the attached conditions. The wording of one of the conditions prohibited work starting on site and it was essential that this condition be removed. The condition is not robust and does not satisfy the tests of Circular 11/95.

Victoria Gardens Camelford. 27 houses

Our involvement, whilst late in the day, needed to ensure that the team made a legal commencement on site prior to the permission expiring. It was a very close call and legal letters were exchanged with the council and all parties are now satisfied that we can proceed.


  • Work in progress, we are looking at submitting planning applications on land at South Road Goldsithney, Ludgvan Leaze Penzance, and site adjacent Pencoys School Four Lanes


  • In Devon we are currently working on submission for planning for 70 houses off Bodmin Road Plymouth and for 56 extra care apartment development on former Plymouth airport Site.


Latest news coming soon.