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Sam Hardwick posted this on 28th Sep 2010
So… we were expecting a decision today on the planning application for The Bivouac Swinton; but we have decided to delay the decision. It’s a shame as I feel like I have been working through loads of design detail for a very long time… BUT I realise that it’s so important to get this stuff right. So we shall press on.
So, we have encountered a few challenges. Quick headlines…
The ecologists felt that we hadn’t adequately surveyed the site for bats. We have therefore done another bat survey and submitted the results for their consideration. We’ve also given some extra thought to this special location… we are alongside a special moorland site which is home to some very special species of birds. – we’ve added a few details to make sure the birds are disturbed as little as possible.
The transport guys have some concerns. We have had a transport engineer get into the numbers, do some maths and look at the best ways that we can keep traffic to a minimum. We’re passionate about sustainability so it’s been great fun looking for ways to keep cars off the road and encourage guests to make responsible decisions. I’m hoping many guests bring their walking boots and mountain bikes!
The Landscape Architect has asked for a bit more info too so we’re pulling that together.
If anyone has ever got any questions PLEASE feel free to get in touch. – you’d be very welcome to the site to discuss plans. I have seen that a few people have written to the council with concerns where one or two their concerns are incorrect or misinformed. I’m saddened to see that people carry concerns about the project which are, in some cases, based on an inaccurate interpretation of the scheme.
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Sam Hardwick posted this on 06th Sep 2010
Hi folks, just a quick update on the planning application for The Bivouac Swinton.
We’ve been working on the details of this project for such a long time that we hopefully had most angles covered… but a couple of consultees have raised some concerns. If you’re not familiar with how the planning system works then here’s the basics… we submit a planning application with loads of separate reports about all the details of our proposal. Those separate reports get duplicated and sent to all sorts of offices and experienced professionals who then comment on the overall proposals as well as considerations specific to their particular field of expertise. These different offices and professionals are referred to as ‘consultees’.
Two consultees have raised concerns. We’re now talking to those consultees to understand their concerns more fully and we are looking for ways to amend our plans to take into account the concerns raised. We’ve been given a bit more time to do this, so a planning decision is now likely to be at the end of September.
Thanks to everyone for your support and interest. Feel free to get in touch anytime.