100 Biggest Permissions - Commercial and industrial

Inland Port, Rossington
Inland Port, Rossington

1 Inland Port, Rossington Verdion (formerly known as Helioslough)

This scheme comprises a strategic rail freight interchange in the former coal mining town of Rossington. An intermodal terminal, rail and road access, a new junction on the M18 and a section of a new road from Doncaster to Robin Hood Airport will also be developed. The total commercial and industrial floor space is 562,000 square metres. Despite the project being entirely located on green belt land, there was no call in or public inquiry and the planning application only encountered two objections.

2 Wirral Waters Peel Holdings

The Wirral Waters scheme seeks to deliver 542,795 square metres of commercial and industrial space as part of plans to create a new neighbourhood (see p16) on the site of the Birkenshead Docks, in Merseyside. Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council granted outline consent in August 2010. The scheme was then referred to the Department for Communities and Local Government for a decision on whether a public inquiry was needed. In December 2010, communities secretary Eric Pickles said the scheme would not be called in.

3 Stratford City The Westfield Group and Lend Lease Developments

Stratford City is the collective name for three distinct projects on the edge of the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London that includes 465,000 square metres of commercial and industrial space. Two elements of the project have been completed - Westfield's Stratford City shopping centre and the Athletes' Village (now known as East Village) - but the third element, the International Quarter, is still to be built. Developers Lend Lease and London and Continental Railways have outline planning permission for 287,000 square metres of office or commercial space in the industrial quarter and in November last year won permission for 330 homes (see p17).

4 Brent Cross Cricklewood BXC Development Partners

Outline consent for this huge regeneration scheme, delivering up to 456,61o square metres of commercial floorspace as part of plans for a new mixed-use town centre (see p16), was granted in 2009. A revised application (but containing the same floorspace figures) was submitted in October 2013 and approved by the London Borough of Barnet. Eric Pickles recently delayed his decision on whether to call in the new plans.

5 Ebbsfleet Blue Circle Properties

Centred around Ebbsfleet International train station, served by HS1, the Ebbsfleet project falls within both Dartford and Gravesham borough councils - both of which granted outline planning permission for the scheme in November 2002. A flexible mix of uses is permitted of up to 789,950 square metres, including 455,000 square metres of employment floorspace.

6 Logistics North Harworth Estates

Late last year, Salford City Council and Bolton Council gave outline permission for a 102ha industrial park on the site of an old opencast mine next to the M61 motorway. Developer Harworth Estates plans 367,000 square metres of industrial and distribution facilities, 7,000 square metres of office space, plus retail, food and drink outlets and a 100-bedroom hotel.

7 King's Cross Central Argent

Camden Council granted planning permission in 2006 for one of the biggest regeneration schemes in central London, covering 27ha of semi-derelict railway land in King's Cross. Developer Argent has permission for 340,000 square metres of commercial space, as well as 1,946 new homes, 40 per cent of them affordable. Local residents failed in a 2007 High Court bid to thwart the plans, objecting about procedural matters and the levels of affordable housing included in the proposals.

8 Greenwich Peninsula Knight Dragon

In 2004, the Royal Borough of Greenwich granted outline permission for a scheme covering 140ha of former industrial land next to the Millennium Dome arena (now known as the O2). The commercial and industrial elements of the scheme comprises 325,000 square metres. In February 2013, the Royal Borough of Greenwich agreed to reduce the proportion of affordable housing from 38 to 25 per cent to speed up delivery.

9 Great Haddon Employment Area Roxhill (Peterborough)

In 2011, Peterborough City Council granted outline planning permission for a 65ha employment zone on agricultural land. The plans comprise 324,500 square metres of commercial and industrial space. Along with a separate residential application (see p17), the scheme makes up a major urban extension of the city. Developer Roxhill (Peterborough) began construction work on the employment zone in 2012.

10 Liverpool Waters Peel Holdings

Last year, Eric Pickles decided not to call in Liverpool City Council's decision to grant permission to Peel Holdings' Liverpool Waters development. The council backed the development despite a decision by international heritage body Unesco to place the city on its list of world heritage sites at risk due to the scheme. The plans include 314,500 square metres of office space, 53,000 square metres of retail space (see p23) and 9,000 homes (see p16). In 2011, the government gave the scheme enterprise zone status, which provides business rate breaks for occupiers.

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