Client: Tesco Stores Limited
Authority: North Norfolk District
We worked as planning consultants and co-ordinators of a complex project for a new foodstore in Sheringham town centre. The first stage of this project involved securing planning permissions for the relocation and replacement of the existing uses on the foodstore site, including an improved community centre, a fire station and new sheltered bungalows.
In October 2010, we secured planning permission for a foodstore, independent retail units, a community use and 2 residential flats. This development has been designed by winners of the RIBA Stirling Prize, Wilkinson Eyre Architects. The new design utilises some of the traditional architectural materials typical of the town, such as flint, brick and timber and includes a modern take on the traditional pitched roof. It also includes an attractive pedestrian link between the store and the town centre.
It was a controversial scheme with high levels of local support and opposition, and interest from national media. We played an active role in public relations, including meetings with local councillors, attending public exhibitions, and commenting on press releases.
Following the grant of planning permission, we worked to a tight deadline to secure essential amendments to the design and discharge 50 planning conditions in order that work could commence on site.
We are currently helping to co-ordinate the process of delivering a public art project, required by one of the planning conditions, which has been designed by artist Andrew Tanser.