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roy@piceadesign.co.uk

Picea Design Ltd   Planning & Development Consultants  Riverside Mountbatten Way   Congleton  Cheshire  CW12 1DY


The Company

Picea Design was formed by Roy Spruce in 1997, after he had gained over 18 years of professional experience within a private architectural practice and the volume house building sector.

Roy is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Chartered Institute of Builders and Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. He is also an active member of East Cheshire Chamber of Commerce.

The Company operates mainly from Congleton in Cheshire but also from Roy’s home office in Jonzac in the Charente Maritime Department of south west France.

The Company provides professional Planning and Development advice to a wide range of clients, from initial viability schemes to final working drawing programmes. It has particular expertise in the residential sector, be it new build one-off projects, multiple-unit schemes or bespoke barn conversions.

Roy has developed close contacts with a number of associated Consultants covering Topographical surveys, Ecological and Arborcultural Assessments, Site investigations, Highways, Landscaping schemes and Appeal work etc. Picea Design can therefore provide a co-ordinated and holistic approach to our projects.   

Design work is prepared using current CAD software with all Planning Applications being submitted on-line via the Planning Portal.

Picea Design Ltd has established a solid client base and a substantial reputation within the professional ranks of the development industry and the region’s Local Authorities.

In 2019, we were presented with the prestigious Construction Industry Award by the East Cheshire Chamber which was no mean feat for a relatively small practice in such a competitive sector.

Outside of the work environment Roy loves to spend time in his garden or teaming up with both French & British players at Walking Football Tournaments. He can also sometimes be seen hacking out of the rough at a local golf club…but not at St Andrews of course !!  

Projects

The Company provides professional Planning and Development advice to a wide range of clients, from initial viability schemes to final working drawing programmes. It has particular expertise in the residential sector, be it new build one-off projects, multiple-unit schemes or bespoke barn conversions.


Over the years Picea Design has submitted numerous Planning Applications throughout the UK for a wide range of projects.  Applications are always submitted in a comprehensive manner and negotiations with Councils undertaken very professionally so as to ensure a high success rate for our clients. 

News

Brookwood Drive Meir Stoke on Trent

Picea Design has recently secured another Full Planning Approval for a compact housing scheme in Stoke for our client, JTS Developments Ltd.


The 8 no. 2 bed dwellings were designed to a strict brief in order to allow the scheme to be offered to a local Housing Association or completed by our client for the open market.


This was an ‘at risk’ development, given that it was purchased at auction with no planning ticket.


We worked closely with other retained Consultants and the Council to secure an implementable approval within only 13 weeks of submission. This is a very quick outcome when considered against the delays being caused by the Covid restrictions.

The development will also feature on the ‘Homes under the Hammer’ TV programme so we are hoping Dion Dublin likes the completed scheme !!



News

Wallhill Lane Farm Brownlow 

All Conditions have now been discharged on the approved development for the conversion of the barns at the farm to create 2 dwellings.

The scheme incorporated detached timber car barns and an improved  vehicular access to separate the development from the adjacent farmhouse. 




Lynnhouse Farm Smallwood

Following a positive Pre-App enquiry response from Cheshire East Council, a Full Planning Application has now been submitted for a conversion of the barns at this site to create a 6-dwelling development.

The Planning Application is supported by a Planning, Design & Access Statement, detailed designs and preliminary site investigation and ecological assessments.

It is anticipated that the Application will be determined in the Spring 2021.



News

Greenbank Farm Shavington

Picea Design has recently secured a Reserved Matters Approval for a small housing development in Shavington.

The 8-unit scheme includes a range of house types and a dormer bungalow design.

The submission included a Remediation Strategy due to the contamination risk from the current land use and details of tree & habitat protection measures due to the landscape context and adjacent ecological area.

Picea Design worked alongside PES Engineering Consultants, TBA Landscape Architects and Envirotech Ecology to secure the approval which will now allow a commencement of development.  

Rilshaw Lane Winsford

Picea Design has recently secured Planning Approval for a compact affordable housing scheme in Winsford in partnership with JTS Developments and Jigsaw Housing.

The 15 unit scheme will provide much needed affordable housing in the form of 2 bed houses and a block of 1 bed apartments.

Even though the principle for this scheme was generally supported, negotiations with Chester West & Chester Council were centred on the noise attenuation measures due to the proximity of a railway line and also potential ecological impact.

Picea Design worked alongside AEC Acoustic Consultants and Envirotech Ecology to secure a successful outcome. 


News

Inglewood Farm Minshull Vernon

This site, located within open countryside, had the benefit of an Outline Approval which had been granted by Cheshire East Council prior to the adoption of the Local Plan and thus when it could not demonstrate a 5 year housing land supply. 

Picea Design worked closely with the client, Staunton Homes and the Council to develop an appropriate design context which was more in keeping with the semi-rural setting than the originally envisaged suburban approach.

The Approval of Reserved Matters was determined under delegated powers with no pre-commencement Conditions so as to allow the development to start without any delays.

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0044 (0)7790545024

roy@piceadesign.co.uk

Picea Design Ltd   Planning & Development Consultants 

 Riverside 

Mountbatten Way   

Congleton  

Cheshire  CW12 1DY