The Flax Mill in Ditherington is the world’s oldest iron framed building, dating back to the late 18th Century. The mill has lain derelict for a number of years and the present owners are seeking a heritage sensitive regeneration and development of the building with associated development of the surroundings to assist in funding the main works. Moss Naylor Young are part of a team advising on this redevelopment, including advice on the site (which was once canal side) and on travel to and from the site.
Brittany Ferries sail from Plymouth to Santander, Roscoff and Cork with large ferries of up to 600 vehicle and 3000 passenger capacity. The terminal is, unusually, practically in Plymouth City Centre and thus ferries discharge onto the city highway network. Moss Naylor Young have been retained to advise on the impact of larger ferries and the possibility of large cruise ships visiting and adding to city traffic, as well as the landside passenger and vehicle operations.
Moss Naylor Young have just completed a report on the re-use of the former prison as student and private residential accommodation. The proposals protected the listed buildings and perimeter wall, which in turn will help protect the character of the surrounding area which is an existing quiet edge of town centre residential suburb. The prison buildings to be preserved date back to 1793 and their retention is a requirement of the development of the area. Moss Naylor Young also prepared a travel plan promoting non-car access and taking advantage of the sites location adjacent to the town centre and the main railway station.
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.
Moss Naylor Young were appointed by the Ashby Canal Society and a private developer to review the business case against the proposed routing of HS2 through Measham. The proposed alignment would have rendered a major (500 dwelling) development unviable and would have demolished a local factory employing 400 people, placing uncertainty over an otherwise secure national business. These combined to undermine the restoration of the canal through Measham, which in turn was a key element in the proposals to regenerate Measham Town centre – thus the consequential impact of the HS2 proposals was to blight the regeneration of Measham. Moss Naylor Young reported to the client who in turn included this report in their objection to the government.