23 October 2009
Creative consultants from WYG Planning & Design, part of the WYG Group, have now secured planning permission, on behalf of Linden Homes, for three separate but interlinked sites within Totton, Southampton.
When British American Tobacco announced the closure of its Sports and Social Club in Totton, WYG Planning & Design saw the potential to save the threatened sporting facilities.
The planning applications are to retain a ‘gold standard’ cricket pitch, provide a new club pavilion, redevelop Totton AFC and British American Tobacco football clubs, provide 188 dwellings and develop land at Little Testwood Farm to provide new replacement sporting facilities.
David Crichton-Miller, Managing Director of WYG Environment Planning Transport, said “I am delighted that our insightful staff spotted the potential and turned it into a reality so that the community facilities were not lost.”
The specialist consultants were already advising Linden Homes on the potential relocation of Totton AFC football club to a third site in the town. When the site was placed on the market WYG saw a means to secure residential development for Linden Homes whilst also saving community facilities.
WYG devised a three part redevelopment proposal whereby the residential redevelopment of the football grounds would pay for both their relocation and enhancement, together with the protection and enhancement of the high quality cricket ground. Despite considerable support from the wider community the views of immediate residents prevailed and the applications were refused. This decision was subject to a two week public inquiry and the Inspector ultimately recommended approval to the Secretary of State who concurred and permission was granted.