Shulmans celebrates trio of planning wins

Shulmans has ushered in 2017 with three successful landmark planning cases.

Shulmans has acted on behalf of Extra MSA, Barratt Homes and independent York councillor, Johnny Hayes MBE in three significant cases for the Yorkshire region.

The first saw the firm represent national motorway service provider, Extra MSA as part of the team that successfully secured planning permission for new motorway services at Junction 45 of the M1, Skelton, Leeds.

The scheme, which has been widely supported by both the public and local MPs, will create a significant number of jobs in the region and the innovatively designed building includes a range of ancillary restaurants, fast food, retail, business, leisure and community facilities.

The second planning success for the firm has been from its work with Barratt Homes, in relation to a planning appeal for 299 homes in East Ardsley, Leeds.

After initial plans were rejected by Leeds City Council, the appeal was allowed by the Secretary of State in December who noted that the council did not have a robust five-year supply of housing land and its policy of previously designated Protected Areas was out of date. Barratt Homes will now look to proceed with the development, creating much-needed housing in the East Leeds region.

Thirdly, Shulmans has helped Johnny Hayes MBE in York, who launched a Crowd Justice campaign to fund the Clifford’s Tower Visitor Centre Judicial Review. The much-publicised case centres around the proposed construction of a visitor’s centre embedded within the base of the tower’s historic mound, the design of which was poorly received by many local residents. Shulmans has successfully coordinated and launched the Judicial Review for the independent York councillor.

Amanda Beresford, head of planning at Shulmans, said: “It has been a particularly successful start to the year for the department, with three significant cases for the Yorkshire region.

“Our work spans a wide range of clients, including private sector developers, national infrastructure providers, residential developers and local authorities – all of which come to us due to our extensive planning expertise, particularly in complex and specialist issues.”

Managing partner Tim Halstead, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the hard work of our Planning team. These successes demonstrate our ability to tackle interesting and varied cases, while underpinning our position as one of the leading legal planning specialists in the UK.”