10 August 2015
It’s almost a year since our office move to The Pavilion in Southampton and to help celebrate our first year anniversary, we are delighted to announce that WYG is now recognised as one of the largest planning practices covering the South Coast area.
The move back in August 2014, has successfully brought colleagues together who were previously based in Droxford and Lyndhurst. Collectively the team can provide multi-disciplinary services in ecology, property & project management, town planning, minerals and waste management, permitting, asbestos, land surveying and engineering & survey services.
The move has facilitated closer joint working between the disciplines within the office.
For example, the planning team has been able to utilise the land surveying team on more projects, as well as the minerals and waste team on specific project issues, introducing them to key house builder clients. In addition, the project management team is working closer with the ecology team, building on the well established link with the planning team in delivering planning permissions for clients.
With around fifty-five colleagues based here, we are one of the largest planning practices covering the south coast area. We work with a variety of clients, often collaborating with more than one discipline to support the client’s aspirations. Our team of experts are involved in projects across the south coast, including a significant urban extension project in Eastleigh, Chichester and Worthing, as well as assisting Hampshire County Council, in its role as minerals planning authority to facilitate public debate and discussion on issues associated with on-shore oil and gas extraction.
Amongst other significant regional projects, WYG has been involved in extensive planning work to regenerate the coastal town of Littlehampton in West Sussex. One of the principal reasons for the development’s success has been the planning team’s engagement with the local authority, the town council, the North Littlehampton Steering Group and local residents. Good relationships built over time have been instrumental in bringing the scheme to fruition.
In addition, a new 700-home community to the East of Horndean, in East Hampshire, has been granted planning permission following extensive community engagement and technical work led by WYG.
More recently, planning permission has been secured for a 1,100 home urban extension to Eastleigh at North Stoneham Park, which includes major investment in sports facilities and playing fields, as well as a new primary school, nursery, care home shops and offices.
Martin Hawthorne, Office Director, Southampton said: “We are delighted that we are now able to offer clients a broad range of disciplines under one roof to support their aspirations and requirements from our South coast hub. The closer joint working between teams, mean that we can respond quicker to client requirements and also add value to the projects to maximise results.”