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HMS Cambria

Client: Association of British Ports

Location: Cardiff, South Wales

The Urbanists secured full planning permission 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).   The new facility will enable the HMS Cambria unit to deliver world-class training and education to Maritime Reserves, and by relocating to Cardiff, which has a thriving maritime sector within its busy port, increase the recruitment and retention of Reserves.

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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.  

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The Urbanists were responsible for preparing the planning application which included coordinating the production of supporting environmental reports and scheme drawings and drawing the scheme Design and Access Statement, and negating the planning decision.  

Images courtesy of Chetwoods Architects