Kemble Business Enterprise Park Ltd

Kemble Enterprise Park covers an area of some 52 hectares to the west of Kemble in Wiltshire. The Park occupies land that was previously the southern part of the former RAF Kemble airfield. It is a popular and successful business location, providing over 45,000 sq.m. of floorspace, and is home to 25 different businesses operating a mixture of Class B1 and Class B8 uses along with some sui generis occupiers and a Class D1 day nursery.

The challenge

The Enterprise Park comprises a variety of buildings and different types of workspace, the majority of which date from the site’s former use as an airfield. The buildings, some of which are listed, include former aircraft hangers, administration blocks, and workshops. Over time, the existing buildings have been adapted wherever possible to suit the requirements of new businesses.

In 2015, we were commissioned to prepare and submit a planning application for the innovatively designed B8 storage and distribution warehouse with ancillary offices. The new building provides a 18,970 sq.m. high-specification storage and distribution facility and 1,238 sq.m. of ancillary office space to support the continued growth of one of the long-standing tenants on the Enterprise Park.

The development had been the subject of three previously unsuccessful planning applications all of which were submitted prior to our involvement. The concerns which had been raised included issues around the highways and access arrangements and the principle of the development within the curtilage of the Grade II listed former aircraft hangars and buildings.

The solution

Following three previously unsuccessful planning applications for proposals at the wider site, the new development team, led by Chris Quinsee (then at Peter Brett Associates) explored innovative solutions and ensured all previous areas of concern were addressed.

The scheme was submitted in January 2016 with a package of supporting material which included a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, Heritage Appraisal and Ecological Assessment.

The outcome

In November 2016 planning permission was approved for the new building. The permission not only facilitates the expansion of an existing business at the Enterprise Park but also generates revenue to assist the site owners in meeting the significant ongoing maintenance and repair obligations for the upkeep of the listed buildings. This benefit was secured through a planning condition and the delivery of a Conservation Management Plan.

Our team commenced work on this project whilst at Peter Brett Associates LLP.

To find out more about Q+A Planning services contact Chris Quinsee on 07968 300632 or [email protected]