Planning permission for Firepool scheme - Taunton town centre

PJA are delighted to announce that plans for a large mixed-use town centre development were approved at planning committee last night. The Firepool site in Taunton, promoted by St. Modwen Developments Ltd, is located on a former cattle market on the edge of the town centre, between Taunton railway station and Somerset County Cricket Club.

The plans include up to 200 new residential units, food and non-food retail, offices, a hotel, cinema and pub/restaurant uses and a 425 space car park. The scheme will be accessed via the newly opened Northern Inner Distribution Road and will also provide an attractive pedestrian/cycle link between Taunton town centre and the railway station.



Consultation on revised NPPF now open

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government launched its consultation on the revised draft of the National Planning Policy Framework.  The consultation runs until Thursday 10th May 2018.


PJA to assist development of Local Authority Walking and Cycling Plans

Phil Jones Associates has been appointed in a consortium with WSP and Mott Macdonald to support the development of the first Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) by Authorities across England. 


Tom Millard - Master's degree and award

Yesterday, Tom Millard was awarded a Master's degree with Distinction in Transport Economics, from the University of Leeds. Tom studied the course part time over two years, alongside working full time for PJA. The varied programme comprised modules covering all key areas of the discipline including economic appraisal, pricing techniques, economic regulation and econometrics. 



Our South West teams are moving on up …

Our teams in the South West are relocating to bigger offices as demand grows for their transport planning, traffic engineering and placemaking services – with more new jobs set to be created.

The five-strong team in our Bristol office is moving to the stunning Grade ll listed Brew House on Jacob Street, in modern loft-style workspace catering for up to 12 people. Our Exeter team is relocating to the prestigious Dean Clarke House in Southernhay East – which also has room for expansion.


South West focus: Regeneration of Filton Airfield, Bristol

This transformative project in South Gloucestershire will deliver 2,675 homes, as well as office and industrial workplaces for 9,000 people on the historic airfield site. The 142 hectare development will also provide new town and local centres, primary and secondary schools, a new railway station, strategic cycle infrastructure, an extension to the West of England MetroBus network and a destination park. The site lies at the heart of the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood allocation, which will provide around 5,000 new homes, one of the biggest regeneration projects in the area for over a decade.

We worked closely with the masterplan team, which was led by Allies and Morrison, and included Grant Associates (landscape architects) and Peter Brett Associates (engineering), to shape the movement strategy and develop street design concepts for the site that focused on provision for active travel.

Having acquired the site in 2015, YTL Developments (UK) achieved consent for the outline planning application in October..

Image credit: Grant Associates


Planning permission for new employment site in Worcester

PJA are pleased to confirm that plans for over 200,000sqft of employment at Parsonage Way in Worcester was given approval at planning committee. The scheme by Warndon Six Ltd, for a mix of B1, B2 and B8 uses was awarded a resolution to grant, subject to the S106.

PJA and PJA Engineering both provided input into the planning application, including transport planning, highways design and drainage design. 


PJA part of successful appeal in Oldham

PJA are delighted to announce Rainier Development's successful appeal for a residential scheme in Oldham. PJA's development planning team provided highways advice throughout the application and appeal, including the production of the Statement of Case and appearing as an expert witness at the hearing.

Congratulations to our client, Rainier Developments. 


Planning permission for new homes in Staffordshire

PJA are delighted that St. Modwen Homes' plans for 120 dwellings at Blythe Bridge in Staffordshire was given the green light last week. The scheme forms Phase 1 of a residential masterplan, bringing new homes to the area.



On Tuesday evening, a combined Phil Jones Associates, PJA Engineering and Multimodal team emerged as tournament winners in Intelligent Data Collection's inaugural five-a-side football charity tournament at Powerleague in Birmingham.