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- Dales Marine Services
Clarendon was recently appointed by one of Scotland’s premier shipping maintenance and engineering companies, Dales Marine Services Ltd, to attain the required planning permission to allow the company to undertake ship breaking at their premises at Imperial Dry Dock, Leith. The City of Edinburgh Council argued that that ship breaking would be a new use at the Dry Dock and therefore require planning permission. Clarendon successfully demonstrated that ship breaking came under the terms of the permitted planning use of the Dry Dock and attained a Certificate of Lawful Use for the client. This negated the need for a planning application and an Environmental Impact Assessment. Dales Marine Services, at Imperial Dry Dock, are now the only shipping company in Scotland that can provide a ship breaking service.
Clarendon are beginning work on an exciting new project just west of Livingston at Gavieside Farm. On 14 August Clarendon began public consultations with the local people of Polbeth, Livingston, Seafield among others. The 145ha site has been allocated for a number of years and now the mixed-use development which includes 1,900 homes, a new neighbourhood centre, a site for a primary school, employment uses and open space is finally moving forward. The site presents a huge opportunity for planned growth in West Lothian and Clarendon are excited to help bring it to life.
Clarendon in conjunction with EMA Architecture gained detailed planning permission for a residential development of 633 new houses and a new primary school in May 2017. Very recently building began and the site is shaping up to help alleviate the significant housing shortage in Edinburgh. Clarendon are proud to have successfully project managed this major planning proposal.
Hardiesmill, one of the UK’s leading beef producers, instructed Clarendon to progress a planning appeal on their behalf for a Modular Micro-Unit Abattoir on their farm in the Scottish Borders. Hardiesmill had been refused planning permission by the Scottish Borders Council for the Micro Abattoir, and approached Clarendon, based on our proven track record, to appeal the Council’s decision. The Micro Abattoir will be the first of its kind in the UK and will ultimately improve welfare life cycle of livestock. Relevant statutory bodies support the development, these include the Foods Standards Scotland; the Scottish SPCA for Animal Welfare and the Animal Plant and Health Agency.
Socials and Events
- Scottish Rural Awards
At last year’s Scottish Rural Awards, Clarendon were very proud to sponsor the Business Diversification Award which was won by the very deserving Luss Estates. Their commitment to using local suppliers, professionals, and producers in all their business endeavours helped them take home the award.
The Rural Awards were delighted to be included in the BBC 2 series This Farming Life which was broadcast on BBC 2 Scotland and should still be available on BBC Player. And if you would like to be part of the awards next year the closing date for nominations is Friday 20 October 2017. The event itself will be on Thursday 22 March 2018 and it promises to be another successful night for Scotland’s Farming Fraternity
- The Royal Highland Show 2017
Clarendon were delighted to be an exhibitor again this year at the 177th Royal Highland Show. The four day event, held in June, is the highlight of the farming calendar and the biggest celebration of farming in the UK with this years’ attendance having a record breaking 190,000 visitors. We were delighted to be able to welcome existing clients as well as to welcome many new faces to join us for a relaxed chat about planning matters over some refreshments and very much enjoyed hearing some of their wonderful rural tales.
- Scone Game Fair
Another week, another Show! The Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace was our next port of call over the summer show season. This, the 29th Fair, which is run by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust provided Clarendon with an excellent opportunity to network with many of Scotland’s more northern estate and landowning fraternity. Important issues relating to land ownership and the benefits of rural diversification were the hot topic and we look forward to returning to this vibrant rural show again in 2018.
Working in line with Homes for Scotland among other organisations, Clarendon has submitted representations that will seek to improve the planning system.
The Land Registration (Scotland) Act 2012 came into effect on 8 December 2014. This set out a 10 year target for all land in Scotland to be registered in the Land Register of Scotland with all public land to be added by 2019. Clarendon has been working closely with Registers of Scotland to assist land and property owners in having their land registered through the voluntary registration process and this is a key service which Clarendon can now offer.
- Scottish Rural Awards
On 16 March, Clarendon once again sponsored and attended the Scottish Rural Awards. It was a wonderful night with our own Patricia Watson presenting the award for Business Diversification.
- Scottish Land & Estates Spring Conference
Clarendon were present at the 2017 Scottish Land & Estates Spring Conference on 30 May. We were delighted to be sponsoring the Rural Housing Award at the Helping it Happen Awards Dinner that evening.
The Gairlioch Regeneration received a Highly Commended award and Kincardine Estate was nominated however the winner was Moray Estates.
- Royal Highland Show & Scottish Game Fair
Clarendon are scheduled to have stands at both the Royal Highland Show (22nd - 25th June) and the Scottish Game Fair (1st -2nd July) this coming summer. Keep an eye out for more information.
In the last Quarter Patrica Watson, whom joined Clarendon in September 2015 from the City of Edinburgh Council, was promoted to Senior Associate in recognition of her commitment to business development utilising her planning expertise straddling both urban and rural affairs
Over the past few months Clarendon has held several planning consultations for a variety of different sites across Midlothian and East Lothian, below is a brief summary.
- East Linton
On 13 December, a public consultation was held in East Linton to promote a 9ha site on the border of the town. This was attended by over 125 people.
On 24 January, a public consultation was held at Gorebridge Library to promote a site of approximately 130 – 160 new homes adjacent to St Andrews RC Primary School. The event was attended by six people, most of whom were happy to discuss with Clarendon their thoughts and raise some concerns regarding the proposed development.
On 15 February, a public consultation was held in Haddington which promoted a site intending to build approximately 480 new homes that will help East Lothian meet their housing needs. The event was attended by approximately 125 people. Clarendon have plans for a second event in the coming months which will aim to further the discussion started at the first consultation.
On 28 February, a public consultation for a site at the Gladsmuir Junction was organised that sought to gain planning permission for a services station on land that currently is a karting track. The event had 19 visitors and the response was overwhelmingly positive with councillors, community council leaders and members of the public excited about creating 300+ jobs. The East Lothian Courier wrote about the consultation at the beginning of March.
On 1 June, a public consultation for a site in North Mayfield off Conifer Road was organised that sought to gain planning permission in principle for a residential development with associated works. The Community Council arrived prior to the event to discuss how contributions could be used to help improve Mayfield as a town. In all, 20 people attended the consultation with a good range of views expressed.