INTEGRA 61 is an exciting new 83 hectare business and distribution park located on the edge of Bowburn in Durham, which is set to bring around £166 million investment into the area and support around 3,000 new jobs. A development which looked like it would never materialise after a number of office-led planning consents had been secured but never implemented.  However, crucially this application sought a mix of uses, including residential and commercial, to help cross fund the significant infrastructure works required for the business park. We were asked to deliver a range of planning services, including developing and delivering a community consultation  strategy and the coordination of the Environmental Impact Assessment, to help secure planning permission. The scheme was unanimously approved at committee in April 2016.

To achieve a unanimous planning resolution for an ambitious two million square foot industrial development in under 12 months takes some doing – and a first class planning consultant. And that’s exactly what we had in Lichfields. A pleasure to work with and never fail to impress; a great outcome, as always. Our thanks to James Taylor and his fantastic team in the Newcastle office.

David Cullingford, Partner, DC Development Consultancy LLP

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