15 November 2016
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A new retail warehouse and new pod unit at Yeovil’s Babylon Hill Retail Park in Somerset have now been given the go-ahead after our Bristol team secured planning permissions for Peel Land & Property Limited.
We gained approval for an unrestricted, non-food retail warehouse unit and an extension of the car park. The extension of the car park, which encroached into the countryside, required numerous ecology surveys to be undertaken, including Great Crested Newts surveys. West Dorset District Council’s Planning Committee voted unanimously in favour of the officer’s recommendation for approval. As well as planning, WYG provided a range of other services including ecology, flooding and highways. The unit will now be marketed to retailers.
In a separate application, we also secured permission for an ancillary pod building which will incorporate two food and drink units. The application worked hard to address the concerns raised about design and impact on a nearby listed building. West Dorset District Council’s Planning Committee voted unanimously in favour of the officer’s recommendation for approval for this application as well. The pod unit will now be marketed to occupiers such as Subway, Greggs and Costa Coffee.
Tristan Hutton, a WYG director who led the planning work, said: “We are delighted with both results. Officers agreed with our retail planning policy assessment that there were no sequentially preferable sites within or on the edge of Yeovil Town Centre, and that no significant adverse impacts would arise as a result of the proposals.”
Existing retailers at Babylon Hill include Sports Direct, Next, Boots, Pets at Home, Dreams, Argos, Brantano, TK Maxx and Matalan.