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Works are progressing well on site at EVESHAM, for Majesticare. The 67 bed care home is due for completion in April 2018, and will benefit from facilities including various roof gardens, cafe & garden-facing seating area, library, sun porch, sun lounge, shop, and private resident balconies. The above image indicates the home as it will appear on completion & below indicates current site progress.



Works are progressing well on a new build 45 bedroom care home at PINNER for Vivo Medical Care Ltd. The scheme was originally designed by DWA Architects, with Ward Associates Project Services providing Project Management, Employer’s Agent and Cost Consultant services. Works are anticipated to complete in early August 2017, in line with the original programme. Above left image indicates current progress on site, whilst above right provides a 3D visualisation of the home as it will appear on completion.

Healthfield Court

Heathfield Court for Carebase nears completion, with CQC inspection to be undertaken in April.

The 66 bed care home cleverly utilises a mansard roof and basement construction to maximise usable space & facilities within a residential area.

Structure – Bristol Care home

The care home project in Bristol is developing well, with ground floor blockwork currently being installed and steel frame largely complete. 


Cedar View is a brand new 65 bed care home, located in a semi-rural location in Croydon, which our team of engineers have been working on.

The development is set over 4 storeys, including a basement floor. Please view the video below which shows the development progressing.

The high level foundation have been complete and the blinding to the basement area installed.

PLANNING CONSULTANTS: Residential Development Planning Permission Approved

Residential Development Planning Permission Approved

Ward Planning Consultants have had yet another success achieving Outline Planning Permission for a residential development on the edges of the village of Hemingbrough in the Selby District.

Our team of Planning Consultants (with the help of DWA Architects who provided the indicative site layout plan) achieved this permission by demonstrating the sustainability and suitability of this site to the Local Planning Authority and to Members of the District Planning Committee during a recent Planning Committee meeting.

Importantly, this planning permission was achieved despite the fact that the site is located outside the settlement limits of the village where new residential development would normally be resisted.

This decision further adds to our Planning Consultants long list of successes and demonstrates their insight to advise clients on the development potential of a site which some may have disregarded.

STRUCTURE: Brand New Dementia Care Home – Open Day

Walshaw Hall

We were delighted to visit The Beeches, the brand new Dementia Care Home today, ahead of the official public open day which takes place on Sunday 20th March.

The new 56 bedroom dementia care home in Tottington, is situated next to Walshaw Hall care home, a magnificent Victorian mansion which over the years has been sensitively restored and adapted for use as a care home.

Ward Structure were commissioned to provide the structural design for this project. The design is a traditional masonry construction with precast concrete floors supported of strip foundations. Structural steel is used to form large open plan living spaces and glazed areas.  The site is drained via an attenuated drainage solution.

5 Year Housing Supply

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) to significantly boost the supply of housing. This is to be achieved by identifying a 5 year housing supply and ensuring local plans meet the full Objectively Need Assessment (OAN) for housing.

How does the 5 year supply impact residential developments?

Where Council’s cannot demonstrate a 5 year housing supply, planning policies relevant to the supply of housing should be considered to be out of date and given less weight in decision making. Whilst there remains a need for developments to be sustainable, the absence of a 5 year housing supply provides added opportunity to achieve residential development on sites normally resisted by local development plan policies.

How are Council’s performing and what affect does this have?

A study undertaken by PAS (Planning Advisory Service) in 2014 identified that nearly half English planning authorities don’t consider they have a five-year housing land supply as required by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). As the need to have a 5 year supply is ongoing Councils will continue to be under pressure to hit these targets and the implications of this will remain.

If councils do not meet the 5 year supply, the NPPF says, the “relevant policies” in their local plan are not considered up to date, decisions are liable to challenge and the framework’s “presumption in favour of sustainable development” is used to determine applications at appeal. This ultimately provides opportunity for residential development (including C2 uses) to be approved in locations where the Council may not normally consider it appropriate.

At Ward Planning, we have developed a good understanding of the implications of the 5 year supply policy. This is demonstrated by our numerous successes on the subject, both through planning applications and appeals.

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