FIRST APPRENTICE TO SUPPORT GROWTH

We have appointed our first apprentice as we continue to invest to support clients and expansion ambitions.   Welcome to Charly Wilson (pictured centre), who joins as an apprentice planner based at our Wynyard office. There she will assist director Stephen Litherland and the team with office management and administrative duties as well as working [...]

2020-09-22T08:59:02+01:00

NEW HOMES FOR COUNTY DURHAM VILLAGE GET GREEN LIGHT

Hundreds of new homes and jobs could be created after planners gave the green light for a new multi-million pound residential development in County Durham. The development will deliver 190 new homes in Pelton, a village to the north West of Chester-le-Street in County Durham, under plans for a mix of two, three, four [...]

2020-09-10T15:49:19+01:00

STAYCATIONS DRIVING £20M REGIONAL LEISURE DEVELOPMENTS

Director Joe Ridgeon believes a farm experience centre and lodge park in County Durham is among proposed new developments driving a ‘buoyant’ regional leisure sector. However, it’s the leisure schemes that are different that work best, contributing significantly towards securing final planning permission. Hedley Planning Services, which is involved in several projects across the [...]

2020-07-24T11:00:41+01:00

PLANNING BOOST FOR HEART OF THE WEST END

The heart of Newcastle’s West End could be boosted with new luxury apartments and a restaurant thanks to plans submitted by Hedley Planning Services. The move will see the transformation of the former Northumbria Police station site on Westgate Road as ambitious proposals, which will create dozens of jobs and pump hundreds of thousands [...]

2020-07-10T09:06:05+01:00

NEW £11M COUNTY DURHAM DEVELOPMENT GETS GREEN LIGHT

Plans for a new £11m residential development on the outskirts of a County Durham village have been given the green light. The move will see proposals for 46 three, four and five bedroomed homes, which have been approved by Durham County Council planning department, now proceed. The development by Akenside Developments at Syke Road [...]

2020-07-07T11:04:23+01:00

PRUDHOE HOUSING PLANS GET GREEN LIGHT

Plans for a new multi-million pound residential redevelopment in Prudhoe have been given the green light. The move will see a mix of 50 two, three and four-bedroom family homes built on a 1.7 ha site on land south of North Row in Prudhoe, Northumberland, as part of a residential redevelopment of a key site in the town. [...]

2020-06-25T13:39:07+01:00

PLANS FOR NEW COUNTY DURHAM FARM EXPERIENCE CENTRE SUBMITTED

Plans for a new farm experience centre and lodge park in County Durham have been submitted by Hedley Planning Services for approval. Under the proposals, a new barn building will be constructed on a site at Woodlands Park Farm in Knitsley near Consett along with up to 37 holiday lodges, many of which will [...]

2020-05-18T11:25:25+01:00

COVID-19 Guidance and procedures

11th May 2020 Re: Covid-19 Guidance and procedures With immediate effect As a responsible employer Hedley Planning Services and Hedley Planning Services Yorkshire has introduced the following procedures with immediate effect: Good Practice -  Please ensure your contact details are up to date so that we are able to contact you during work hours or [...]

2020-05-11T11:41:09+01:00

AMELIA ONBOARD AS NEW PLANNER

Welcome to Amelia Robson, who has joined as a planner at Hedley Planning Services’ Hexham office. The move will see her helping the senior team in preparing planning applications and supporting planning statements for residential and commercial clients across the region. Amelia is a qualified Planner who graduated from Newcastle University in 2017 and [...]

2020-03-13T14:46:16+00:00

EXCITING PLANS FOR SEAFRONT HOMES SUBMITTED

Hedley Planning Services is steering through plans for dozens of new homes in Sunderland. The move, on behalf of Avant Homes, sees proposals submitted for a new coastal community of 85 homes on Lowry Road in Seaburn, which are now being considered by Sunderland City Council. Complimenting existing plans for the seafront area, the [...]

2019-10-30T13:39:33+00:00

PLANS TO TRANSFORM BISHOP AUCKLAND TOWN CENTRE SITE APPROVED

Plans for a new multi-million pound retail, residential or hotel complex that will boost the regeneration of Bishop Auckland in County Durham have been approved. The green light has been given to allow the conversion of the ground and upper floors of the Grade II listed former Beales department store on Newgate Street, which [...]

2019-10-29T07:46:03+00:00

PLANNING A RESIDENTIAL INHERITANCE

Director Joe Ridgeon says farmers and landowners must urgently consider their future if they are to secure their children’s and grandchildren’s inheritance. So, what can be done to improve the future prospects for current and future generations in an agriculture sector at a crossroads? The key for landowners is thinking longer term. Those who [...]

2019-10-22T17:20:07+01:00

TRANSFORMATION OF BISHOP AUCKLAND TOWN CENTRE

The regeneration of a County Durham town has received a boost after submission of plans to develop a new multi-million pound retail, residential or hotel complex. The move sees planning applications to convert the ground and upper floors of the Grade II listed former Beales department store on Newgate Street in Bishop Auckland, which [...]

2019-09-11T08:41:03+01:00

BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND: PLANNING FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SUCCESS

Engaging the local community is the key to success for those planning wind farm diversification projects, says director Joe Ridgeon. The use of wind-generated power is nothing new. For hundreds of years, farmers have harnessed the power of the wind to help them run their businesses, and there can be little doubt that renewable [...]

2019-08-27T08:26:26+01:00

PLANS FOR MULTI-MILLION POUND NEWCASTLE APARTMENT COMPLEX SUBMITTED

The regeneration of a site overlooking the River Tyne in Ouseburn has moved a step closer following submission of plans for a new £7.5m apartment complex. If it gets the green light, the move could see the creation of a multi-storey residential scheme on derelict land off St Lawrence Road close to the confluence [...]

2019-07-30T12:51:03+01:00

STEPHEN CALLS ON NEW PM FOR PLANNING STABILITY

Stephen Litherland, director of Hedley Planning Services' Teesside office, is calling for planning stability from the new Prime Minister. He wants Mr Johnson to act quickly and resist more changes to an already ‘overstretched and under-resourced’ planning system. His comments come in the light of a recent Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report, which warned [...]

2019-07-23T15:46:02+01:00

PLANNING STABILITY NEEDED, SAYS JOE RIDGEON

The Government must act quickly and stop changing the planning system, says Hedley Planning Services' director Joe Ridgeon. Speaking in the light of a new report, he says stability is ‘desperately’ needed to prevent more delay and uncertainty in the local planning process, and also wants to see more fully resourced local authority planning departments, [...]

2019-06-26T13:23:03+01:00

HANNAH HELPS NEW OFFICE GROW

Hannah Chapman will now be working alongside director Stephen Litherland on growing the new Yorkshire and Teesside operation at Wynyard, helping with new business development and providing strategic planning support for residential and commercial clients across the region. She will also continue to support Hedley Planning Services’ Hexham-based clients, Hannah has been involved in planning [...]

2019-06-18T13:45:50+01:00

GETTING THE RIGHT DEAL FOR YOUR LAND

Director Stephen Litherland (right) considers strategic land promotion for housing development - and what farmers can do about it. If you’re a farmer, the opportunity to develop your land can be a glittering - and lucrative - lure, providing long-term financial security. However, engaging with the planning system can be a potential minefield. So, what can be done [...]

2019-06-03T16:34:56+01:00