Project

Relocation of Dings Crusaders RFC

Redrow Homes and Lockleaze Recreation Ground Charity

When Dings Crusaders RFC relocated to new facilities at Lockleaze Recreation Ground, we worked to secure 152 new homes on the same site. Advising on both aspects of the development in the Green Belt north of Bristol, we submitted two distinct but linked planning applications. We put forward an Alternative Sites Assessment and Club Needs Statement to set out the very special circumstances that would justify the impact on the countryside.
Officers were initially resistant, so we set out to illustrate the site’s many potential benefits for its growing community, in terms of both housing and high tech sports facilities. We proposed that this hugely positive new venture would outweigh any harm to the Green Belt and the loss of Best and Most Versatile agricultural land in the area. Our plans persuaded the committee and permission was granted in April 2016.
 
This is a win-win situation for everybody. The site is located on underused agricultural land and is set to deliver much-needed local sports and meeting facilities within a thriving and expanding community. Housing at Lockleaze helps the local authority to deliver its remit for market and affordable housing.

Andy Cockett, Senior Director, Lichfields

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