Birmingham based Nurton Developments (Quintus) Ltd’s, multi-million pound ‘new community’ in Burton will not be ‘called in for a decision’ by the secretary of State, Eric Pickles, it has been confirmed.
Full outline planning approval is now subject only to a satisfactory result being reached on the planning conditions and Section 106 agreement which are currently being negotiated.
Rupert Young, Nurton’s development director said: “Geting the all clear from the Secretary of State is one of the final hurdles in the planning process. The rest is down to negotiation and the majority of the areas of details have already been agreed. This decision demonsrates that the Government is standing by its National Planning Policy Framework’s (NPPF) presumption in favour of sustainable development and is serious about ensuring the large numbers of new homes required are delivered.”
The scheme will create up to 2,500 new homes together with 50 acres of employment land for B1, B2 & B8 development designed to create up to 3000 jobs over a ten year period.
Rupert continued : “We are already in preliminary talks with a number of major housebuilders about the residential element and this latest approval will no doubt speed up the process of finding development partners to deliver the housing. We would hope to start on site in late 21014 or early 2015. There is also early interest in the commercial elements of the scheme.”
The new Branston Locks scheme will be developed on 400 acres of greenfield land immediately to the West of Burton with direct access to the A38 Branston Interchange. The ‘new community’ will include a local centre featuring a food outlet, convenience stores, recreational facilities and community facility. A three form of entry primary school, medical facilities, and an extra-care unit and/or a nursing home for the elderly will also be delivered.
Nurton acquired the land in June 2008 and following a lengthy master planning, design and consultation process submitted the outline planning application in November 2012. Branston Locks is specifically identified as a strategic site allocation for a Sustainable Urban Extension within East Staffordshire Borough Council’s (ESBC) pre-submission draft of their local plan.
Jones Lang LaSalle acted as planning consultants and are jointly retained with local agent, Rushton Hickman, on the commercial elements of the scheme. Savills will advise on the residential land.
Nurton Developments (Quintus) Ltd is a 50:50 joint venture between Nurton Developments and Wittington Investments (Developments) Ltd.