News

2015

Dairy Site Plans ‘Moove’ Forward

Permission secured for 58 new apartments in Tunbridge Wells. Read More

Yes Minister!

In conjunction with Locate in Kent, DHA was delighted to host the most recent Kent Developers Group meeting. Read More

Green Belt Dwellings

Two new dwellings secured on Green Belt land owned by the Kent and Medway NHS Trust. Read More

Green Belt Congregation

A new 2,500 sqm Church Hall in the Green Belt at Leydenhatch Lane. Read More

Agricultural Asset Optimisation

More new dwellings under the agricultural to residential procedure! Read More

Investing in Social Infrastructure

Three new primary schools for Kent. Read More

Housing Need over AONB

Following a four day Public Inquiry, permission has been secured for 62 new homes in Hawkhurst on behalf of Countryside Properties PLC. Read More

Paving the Way for Redevelopment

Permission for four high quality new homes has been secured on a commercial site in West Farleigh, Kent. Read More

Office-to-Residential Conversion Rules Made Permanent

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis announces new changes to the permitted development rights process. Read More

Royal Star Approval

DHA secured planning and listed building consent to convert the top floors of the historic Royal Star Arcade in Maidstone to create 8 apartments. Read More

Increased Housing Need in Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells

Report reveals Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells will need to significantly increase amount of housing currently being planned for. Read More

Room with a View

Canterbury City Council have given the go ahead for a luxurious roof-top restaurant in the city centre. Read More

Kennel gets new permission

Permission secured for the change of use and conversion of part of the existing garden pet centre buildings to 40 high quality kennels including associated facilities. Read More

All Packaged Up!

Permission for 6 new executive style homes has been secured by dha at Westmount Packaging premises near Lenham, Kent. Read More

Rural Regeneration

DHA secured its 30th new dwelling under the agricultural to residential prior notification procedure. Read More

Rural Village Extension

Plans to create a new high quality neighbourhood on the outskirts of Coxheath have been given the go ahead by Maidstone Borough Council. Read More

DHA enabling a construction revolution

A 42,000m² advanced manufacturing building has been secured by DHA. Read More

Small housing schemes liable for affordable housing

A recently-introduced Government policy has been ripped up by a High Court decision issued on 31 July. Read More

Schools Roundup!

Successful Summer for new Schools permissions. Read More

East London employment scheme motors ahead

Permission secured by dha for the change of use of part of the Ford Motor Company’s former vehicle storage area. Read More

Chauncy School

Working alongside Chauncy School and Riversmead Housing Association dha provided transport planning advice to support a 47 unit residential scheme in Ware. Read More

Homes from Home

A derelict site in Canterbury will be transformed to provide high-end student accommodation after Planning Committee resolved to grant planning permission in June 2015. Read More

Go Fish!

Working alongside Engineers Evans and Langford on Water Abstraction Issues, dha has secured permission for works to form a new syndicate fishing lake. Read More

dha Conquer the Three Peaks!

Over the weekend, a team of 16 dha staff members embarked on the Three Peak Challenge, climbing the three highest mountains in Britain – Ben Nevis in Scotland (1344m), Scafell Pike in England (978m) and Snowdon in Wales (1085m). Read More

Arborfield Secondary School

dha has secured full planning permission for the development of a 1500 place Secondary School within the Arborfield Garrison Strategic Development Location. Read More

State-of-the-art for Scania

Construction has now commenced on a new generation of purpose-built drive-through Scania dealerships. Read More

Strawberry Fields Forever

dha has secured planning consent for 49 acres of polytunnels as well as a new reservoir and pumping station in Ulcombe, Kent. Read More

Best Laid Plans

Tunbridge Wells Planning Committee has given its unanimous support to allow Fridays Ltd to modernise and expand their Combwell free range egg farm, in the High Weald AONB near Flimwell, in Kent. Read More

Backland Housing

Whilst “garden grabbing” is often fiercely resisted by local authorities dha has secured permission for an additional house in a residential garden in Tunbridge Wells. Read More

The Lambeth Walk

Building on its track record of securing mixed use developments, dha worked closely with Hambridge Homes and CDMS Architects to secure planning consent for a mixed retail and residential development on Gipsy Road in the London Borough of Lambeth. Read More

Split Level Design

Planning Committee Members commended the quality of the design of dha’s proposal for the redevelopment of a former industrial yard in Maidstone. Read More

A New Era for Colonial House

Plans to redevelop the vacant Colonial House offices at Chatham Maritime into a mixed scheme of up to 253 apartments have been approved by Medway Planning Committee Members. Read More

Orpington One

Working closely with Berkeley Homes, dha has secured planning consent for the redevelopment of the former Orpington Police Station in the London Borough of Bromley. Read More

Bright Future for TV Studios

Plans to ensure the long term future of Maidstone Studios, which produces shows including “Take me Out”, have been boosted by a “thumbs up” from Councillors for 77 dwellings on land to the front of the site. Read More

Last Orders for Pub Conversions?

From 06 April pub development could be subject to additional restrictions. Read More

Time for Change? Permitted Development - Storage (B8) to Residential

Following a long awaited consultation the Government has confirmed this week new Permitted Development rights to convert existing storage and distribution buildings into dwellings. Read More

Reduced S106 Burdens

The Government has made changes to national planning policy to reduce the burden on smaller residential schemes. Read More

Community Infrastructure Levy

From 6th April 2015 the 2014 CIL Regulations will impose a restriction on the number of Section 106 contributions that can be pooled towards infrastructure. Read More

King's Lynn Power Plant

Palm Paper’s plans to generate their own power are one step closer to being realised after dha submitted an application for a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine to the Planning Inspectorate. Read More

Bridge Nurseries

dha transport are regularly dealing with development proposals adjacent to major motorway junctions and as such are frequently liasing directly with the Highways Agency. Read More

Enabling Sporting Development

Alongside the development of Marden Cricket and Hockey Club, dha planning have secured a resolution to grant detailed planning permission for a 124 unit residential scheme on the Club’s existing site, on behalf of Countryside Properties who will fund the new sports facilities. Read More

Sport For All

Working alongside long-standing clients Alan Firmin Ltd and Countryside Properties, dha have secured outline permission for enhanced and expanded sports facilities at Marden Cricket and Hockey Club. Read More

Greenfield Success

A mixed use scheme on the eastern side of Faversham has been awarded outline planning consent. Read More

New Homes over Employment

An application for 30 dwellings, 20% of which will be affordable, has been approved on the Ferns Surfacing site at Bellingham Way, Larkfield in Tonbridge and Malling Borough. Read More

Rooftop Dwellings

An innovative rooftop development in Maidenhead has been secured on appeal on behalf of Group One Investments Ltd. Read More

Rural Design

Building on dha’s track record of securing rural housing developments, Swale Borough Council have resolved to grant planning permission for a new housing scheme on the outskirts of Newington Village. Read More

Scheme Evolution

Having secured planning permission for Phase 1 of land to the south of the A20, Charing over 10 years ago, dha have secured Reserved Matters Consent for Phase 2 which comprises 61 dwellings. Read More

New Direction for A-Z site

A resolution to grant permission, subject to conditions and a S106, has been achieved for 41 dwellings on the former A-Z Map Co. site at Fairfield Road, Borough Green on behalf of Fernham Homes. Read More

All housing schemes of 150 or more units to be screened for EIA

The Government has today announced a change to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening thresholds for residential developments. Read More