Moss Naylor Young were part of a consultant team that prepared the regeneration framework for Chard, Somerset. This study helped to frame the local development plan proposals to expand the town towards it’s natural limits, with an increase of 1750 dwellings and associated employment, retail and education. The scheme is supported by transport infrastructure that matches the phasing of the development. Patrick Moss was then asked to defend the proposals at public inquiry when developers advanced proposals that were not part of the regeneration plan. The defence of the proposals was successful and the developers’ proposals were rejected by the planning inspectorate in 2015.
The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal connects Brecon with Cwmbran, Newport and The Ebbw Vale, 33 miles from Brecon to Pontypool are navigable within the Brecon Beacon National Park but the remaining length is derelict and blocked in places by development. Moss Naylor Young supported Peter Brett Associates in developing s strategy for the sustainable regeneration of these canals and the surrounding area, with Moss Naylor Young providing the navigation experience and regeneration expertise from England and Wales, whilst Peter Brett’s brought their experience of the Scottish Canals, where they have carried out arguably the most in-depth analysis of waterway regeneration anywhere in the world.
The Canal and River Trust appointed Moss Naylor Young to undertake a feasibility study into the reopening of the Bradley Locks route in the Black Country. This route connects the Wolverhampton Level and the Walsall Level of the Birmingham Canal Navigations and consists of canals built at four different times, the earliest of which had an independent existence.
The report provides costed proposals including recommendations for overcoming the only significant obstacle at Tup Street Bridge where the modern highway has been lowered almost to water level. The report covers benefits, nature conservation opportunities and heritage as well as engineering and planning