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Great News !

It has been a long while coming!

We have finally got our planning permission for change of use for the site.  It’s been such a difficult, stressful year but so much has been learned from the journey and hopefully we can help make positive change in the city with how other companies can succeed with similar projects.

So…. what next?

The lease is currently with our solicitors (Adrian Beddow of Bright Solicitors – you are amazing! Thank you!) and will hopefully be signed in the next few weeks once our enquiries are sorted.  Then we need to get the fencing in place and also find… wait for it…

1000 tons of clean top soil!

That’s right. 1000 tons. We need to cover the whole site in 600mm of clean, imported top soil to make sure that there is no chance of anyone touching any contaminated soil.

As part of that work, we have to remove a small number of trees, put in place some Geocell slabs in any root protection areas and plant some new trees.

As a date for your diaries folks – November 2019 we will be receiving 420 saplings from the Woodland Trust for planting as a new hedge (along the new fence) as well as to replace some of the diseased trees we are removing.

We’ll then start looking at what we can do with the buildings.

Lots to be done! Exciting times indeed.

We visited the site today to meet with Ed and Tom from RIO (Part of Power to Change/Places) and had a great chat about support moving forward. We also took the opportunity to take lots of photos of the site in the height of summer – lots of greenery and the sun shining, beautiful!


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