The Urbanists are very pleased to announce that full planning permission has been secured for the new HMS Cambria Royal Navy Reserve training facility on land to the east of Tyneside Road, Cardiff. The scheme is a £11m investment that is proposed by the Royal Navy and ABP South Wales. The scheme comprises a new secure military training facility building (4,659 sq m over 4 storeys) which will provide a modern 21st century training establishment for the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marine Reserve and the University Royal Naval Unit. By locating the facility in Cardiff, which has a thriving maritime sector within its busy port, HMS Cambria will be able to increase the recruitment and retention of Reserves.
Planning permission was unanimously granted by the Cardiff Council Planning Committee, with special regard being paid to the design quality of the development. One of the key planning matters that was considered during the determination of the application was the appropriateness of locating the development in the Port of Cardiff, which is allocated as employment land in the Local Development Plan. We successfully justified the appropriateness of the development land use in on allocated employment land through reference to the substantial employment opportunities associated with the development, and by setting out the limited impact that the development would have on adjacent employment land and its occupiers.
The Urbanists were responsible for preparing the planning application, which included coordinating the production of supporting environmental reports and scheme drawings; preparing the scheme Design and Access Statement; undertaking pre-application engagement with the LPA; coordinating the statutory notification process; and, negotiating the planning decision. The consultant design team for the project included Gleeds, Chetwoods Architects, Hydrock and Hoare Lea.