This 35-hectare mixed-use development of 430-homes and employment land at Penniment Farm in Mansfield required substantial off-site highways and utilities works to be delivered by the developer. BWB was instructed to provide high-level strategic information regarding the site earthworks options and overall drainage potential in order to reduce areas of risk or constraint and enable our client to achieve the best-possible value for the developable land.
Following outline planning and to further solidify the feasibility of the land, BWB was then commissioned to fully design and obtain Section 278 technical approval for 7 areas of existing highway. This required a myriad of improvements to facilitate the development traffic as well as a full design package for an access road to be offered for adoption under a Section 38 agreement. To accompany this information, a full drainage design was prepared for the main carrier drainage beneath the access road and submitted to Severn Trent Water for technical approval under a Section 104 Agreement. This provided additional value to the developable land by confirming a fixed arrangement for the development's drainage in conjunction with the adopted highway.
Key issues faced during the scope of this work:
- Providing detailed design proposals with limited fixity of the actual development and minimising as far as reasonably practicable any constraints imposed
- Negotiating with both the Sewerage undertaker and Local Highway Authority in order to obtain suitable technical approvals without need to progress into formal agreements until detailed planning
- Providing frequent advice to prospective developers and supplying optional designs tailored to their own preferences and needs
- Working closely with the client to assist with the diversion of a medium pressure gas main bisecting the site in consultation with the national grid and the respective housebuilders to mitigate any impact upon the development proposals