DWD has obtained full planning permission for a commercial development scheme close to Festival Leisure Park in Basildon, Essex.
The approved development comprises 2,194 sqm of floorspace for B1(c)(Light Industry), B2 (General Industry) and B8 (Storage and Distribution) uses with ancillary B1(a) office use with associated parking, landscaping and infrastructure.
A key challenge for this project was the site’s flood risk status, and DWD produced a supporting Sequential Test which demonstrated that there were no other sequentially preferable sites that could accommodate the proposed development.
Having regard to the NPPF, and the saved policies of the adopted Basildon District Local Plan and emerging Local Plan, the Planning Statement produced by DWD demonstrated that the site represented sustainable development, and compliance with the Development Plan.
The application was approved unanimously at Basildon planning committee and planning permission subsequently issued on 7th November 2018.