By: 7 February 2020
Walton & Co succeeds in £40 million development appeal

Specialist planning lawyers from Leeds-based boutique Walton & Co have successfully acted for Alumno Group in securing permission on appeal for a £40 million development in Colchester. 

Alec Cropper of Walton & Co advised Alumno at a three-week public inquiry for its proposals to provide 336 student bedspaces, an 87-room hotel, commercial units, and artists’ studios. The site is located in the centre of Colchester, and is situated within a designated conservation area.

The main issues disputed at the appeal centred on heritage considerations, with Colchester’s Roman Town Wall forming part of the scheme’s southern boundary. Various listed buildings are also in proximity to the site, including the ruins of St Botolphs Priory.

The inquiry also heard evidence from expert witnesses on scheme design, accommodation need, accessibility, and the interpretation of planning policies.

Cropper commented: “We are very pleased with the outcome of the appeal. This scheme will provide significant regeneration benefits for Colchester, including enhancements to the already-rich historic environment of the town.”

Natalie Greig, senior development manager at Alumno, said: “Alec Cropper provided unwavering support throughout the appeal. He was both professional and approachable and worked seamlessly with our barrister and design team. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Walton & Co again.”