Planning Permission Granted

We are delighted to announce our planning application for a new pre-cast concrete manufacturing facility on the edge of Scunthorpe has been approved.

Our client, ABM Precast Solutions, designs and manufactures a wide range of precast concrete products.

ABM is the largest independent producer of prestressed bridge beams in Britain and also offers bespoke reinforced and post-tensioned pre-cast concrete products for large infrastructure projects.

The planning permission will deliver a production building of just over 9,000m² together with external working and storage areas of 43,500m².  It marks a significant investment into the North Lincolnshire economy by ABM and promises to generate significant employment for the local area and enhance its existing manufacturing base.

Heatons managed the preparation and submission of the planning application which was approved by North Lincolnshire Council under delegated powers.

We look forward to seeing the development take shape during 2019.

Weekly Update

In the run up to Christmas, we are busy promoting strategic land on behalf of a range of clients.  This past week, we have actively participated at the Runnymede Local Plan Examination on behalf of our client, Tarmac, where we are promoting a potential land allocation for a new employment development.

We have also taken instructions from a specialist residential land promoter seeking to deliver new homes in Derbyshire.  We have assembled a technical team and are embarking on the exciting early stages of realising the potential of the land.

At a smaller scale, we have submitted a planning application for 3 bungalows on behalf of a local housebuilder (Glebe Homes) in South Derbyshire.  Glebe Homes have been very active throughout Derbyshire in recent years and we are proud to be assisting them with another successful development.

Close to our office in Keyworth, we have worked alongside fellow Keyworth business, Welham Architects, to secure planning permission for our client, Bellco Developments.  We have delivered planning permission to enhance this development site by adding a contemporary twist whilst recognising the need to deliver commercially viable development.  The contemporary single storey dwellings form part of a wider, innovative scheme of apartments.  The improvement in design was positively received by planning officers and we were able to secure enhanced off-site contributions to provide affordable housing in the local area as part of these revisions.  Construction activity has commenced and we look forward to seeing the completed development.


Heatons are delighted to welcome Warren Brown BA(Hons) MA to the team. Having completed his masters course in Planning Built Environments at Birmingham City University in September 2017, Warren gained experience in a planning role with a housing developer before joining us. He will be assisting the team in the preparation of planning applications and other projects. 

Weekly Updates

Our planning application for the retention and continued operation of the landfill gas utilisation facility at the Buckden Landfill site has just been approved. The facility uses methane generated from the landfill operations to generate electricity, providing a cost effective means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions whilst contributing to local and regional energy requirements.

Since commissioning in April 2002, the Buckden Gas Flare and Electricity Generation equipment has recovered 26,200 tonnes of methane from the Buckden landfill sites and converted this into 134.8 GWh of electricity, 550,000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent. This installation has consistently delivered sufficient electricity for 15 years to meet the total domestic electricity demand for 2145 households.

Cambridgeshire County Council have approved the retention and continued use of this electricity generating equipment until 2038 to fully utilize the methane generated from the landfill sites.

Weekly Update

Charnwood Borough Council have approved our application for works at The Manor House country pub in Quorn. The scheme includes the construction of a detached function room, an extension and internal alterations to provide additional bedrooms and the replacement of two of the four tennis courts on site with a petanque court and croquet lawn. These changes will collectively improve the offering of this local business and help to support its continued success.

Weekly Update

To kick off our new weekly updates, this week we’ve secured planning permission for another major Minerals application on behalf of a nationally recognised mineral operator. Heatons prepared a comprehensive Environmental Statement to support the application, and the permission secures the continued winning and working of silica sand from the Mundays Hill Quarry, encompassing a review of old mineral permissions (ROMP) and a 4-hectare extension to the quarry. Our application provided a comprehensive restoration strategy for the entire Eastern Way Quarry complex covering Mundays Hill, Double Arches and Nine Acres quarries, as well as the entire Churchways complex. The approved restoration scheme will see the return of circa 240 hectares of quarried land to agricultural fields, meadow and woodland which will collectively provide suitable habitats for a range of species in the long term. Photo credit: chrisandrew314 (Flickr)

From Heaton Planning to Heatons

Effective from October 2018, we are excited to announce that we are changing our company name from Heaton Planning to Heatons. Heatons have experienced continuous success and growth over recent years, and we’ve decided it’s time to now expand our offering in response. As part of this expansion, we are re-branding to Heatons. The company will continue to operate as normal and your contacts will remain unchanged. Our office location and phone numbers will remain the same. With nearly 20 years of business presence in the industry, we look forward to continuing to grow and provide our planning related services under our new name.

New Graduate Planner Recruited

Following a successful recruitment campaign, Heaton Planning are pleased to welcome Sophie Hughes BA(Hons) MSc to the team.  Having graduated from UCL in September 2017, Sophie gained experience from a placement at Persimmon Homes before joining us and will be assisting the team in the preparation of planning applications and other projects.

Planning Permission Secured for Extension of Time and Importation of Materials to Woolfox Quarry

Heaton Planning have secured planning permission from Rutland County Council for an extension of time to complete quarrying activities at Woolfox Quarry, along with the importation of inert materials to achieve final restoration of the site to pasture land and agricultural uses. Heaton Planning prepared and submitted the planning application and accompanying Environmental Statement, which the minerals planning authority have found to be acceptable in planning terms.

Planning Permission Granted for Change of Use from Fitness Facility to Recycling Operations

Planning Permission for the Change of Use of a Fitness Facility in Bilborough to a Recycling / Recovery Business has been granted by Nottingham City Council. Heaton Planning worked closely with Precious Green Planet Recycling to achieve a positive decision from the City Council. The building can now be used for the dismantling and recycling of up to 600 tonnes of predominantly waste electrical and electronic equipment per year.