Staplehurst Transits Ltd

DHA secured full planning consent for a 930 sq m extension to an existing depot building for Staplehurst Transits Ltd, a long established fruit and fresh produce storage and distribution company in the Weald of Kent.

Key facts
  • 930sqm extension to depot building
  • Sustainable development
  • Transport Assessment completed to manage traffic concerns

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As the site lies within open countryside, a comprehensive planning case was put forward following initial pre-application discussions with the local planning authority, demonstrating that the proposal was necessary to secure the long-term competitiveness of the business.

A full Transport Assessment was undertaken to establish that the expanded operations would not lead to a commensurate rise in HGV movements to and from the site, as logistics at the site would be able to be managed more efficiently. 

DHA Urban Design produced the plans for the development, designing a building which remained efficient and functional to meet the operator’s needs, yet minimised visual impact and responded positively to the site’s rural context and existing built form.

In the absence of any policy directing the expansion of existing business premises in the countryside, the Council supported the application on the basis of the evidence put forward and in the absence of any more sustainable alternatives to meet the recognised need.

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