DWD has secured planning permission at Unit 9, Hoy Street, Caxton Works, London, E16 for the change of use of the ground floor unit (Use Class B1) to flexible use (Use Class B1/D1), on the 11th June 2018.
The D1 Use will allow Unit 9 to be used as a nursery for up to 80 children under the age of 5, and the flexible use of the unit will allow it to respond to market needs and prevent the unit from staying vacant for long periods of time.
The proposed nursery will help diversify the ground floor units of a large residential led mixed use development brought forward by U&I (Ref: 13/01461/FUL) and the nursery Use will service an existing and growing demand for childcare facilities in the area, where recent high density residential development is expected to accommodate approximately 350 children under the age of 5.
DWD worked closely with Newham Council throughout the application process to address their initial concerns regarding sound proofing and traffic generation. Through pragmatic discussion with the Council, DWD were able to mitigate the need for a Travel Plan and Transport Assessment as part of the application for planning permission or planning condition. DWD also successfully argued the need for the D1 Use in the out of town centre location, where the Council’s development plan policy directs D1 Uses to the town centre.
Newham Council granted planning permission after finding the ‘proposal to be acceptable following careful consideration of the relevant provisions of the National Planning Policy Framework, the Development Plan and all other relevant material considerations’.
The nursery is due to open Summer 2018.
For more information, please contact Alex Chalkin.
Photo Source: U and I Group PLC 2018