Chalfont Drive, Nottingham
Client: Bellway Homes, East Mids
Scheme: 345 dwellings
Work Area: Planning
Status: Permission Granted
Located in the midst of a 1930s Nottingham housing estate, is this Grade II Listed, early 1950s cold war bunker and war room, extended in 1963 as a Regional Seat of Government in the event of nuclear war or other social collapse. Of a reinforced concrete construction, the smaller War Room with its central map room, control cabins, offices and plant was later absorbed by the later RSG but remains entirely intact, as does the remainder of the structure, both in terms of external envelope and interiors. More recently running to disuse, the now vacant building currently exhibits equipment seemingly abandoned following the last national crisis in which the site was active, this being the 1967 Foot & Mouth outbreak. This important structure exists as the only purpose-built RSG surviving in England, and is one among only three structures designed to operate in an environment arising post-nuclear attack. On behalf of Bellway Homes, Urbanissta sought to secure planning permission entailing the removal of late twentieth century supporting structures within the setting of the RSG, and redevelopment of the site with an additional 345 homes.
Outline consent was secured in November 2011, and Minor Material Amendment Application (s73) was submitted in 2015 to vary the details of the previously approved outline permission. Contemoraneously, a Reserved Matters and Conditions discharge submissions were made.
A Deed of Variation to the original s106 was also required.
A New outline permission and Reserved Matters consent were secured in May 2015.
This project is currently being built out and is virucatlly complete. No further involvement required.