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Accommodating household growth continues to challenge the UK planning system. We understand the challenges of planning for housing from site feasibility and allocation to gaining consent and delivering housing projects. Our experience spans masterplanning for volume housebuilders on strategic and other large land allocations to working for clients on smaller but highly complex and sensitive sites.

We also have experience in securing planning permission for residential care schemes for elderly residents and for adults with learning disabilities.

We can help develop sustainable, high quality and cost effective design and implementation options, taking these successfully through the planning process.

Our skills include:

Site appraisal/feasibility


Infrastructure delivery (including transport improvements, affordable housing,
education and open space provision)

Negotiating legal agreements

Co-ordinating environmental surveys and assessments

Planning Applications

Planning Appeal and Expert Witness

Environmental Impact Assessment

Stakeholder and community involvement

Representations on Local Plans

Participation at Local Plan examinations

Our Projects

Hampshire Police Headquarters, Winchester

Redevelopment of City Centre site for housing

Client: Berkley Homes

Adams Hendry worked with Berkeley Homes to secure planning permission from Winchester City Council for the redevelopment of the Hampshire Police Headquarters site on Romsey Road, Winchester.

Adams Hendry managed the submission of the planning application, including preparing the application itself and coordinating the input of a team of specialist consultants, including architects, landscape architects, and experts in sustainability, biodiversity, air quality, noise, lighting, contaminated land and flood risk, to produce supporting material. We also organised and prepared the consultation material for two exhibitions with the local community.

Masterplan for Winchester Cathedral Close

Collaborative working to deliver favourable solutions

Client: Winchester Cathedral

Adams Hendry finalised a master plan for the development and future use of the 9ha Cathedral Close in the centre of the historic city of Winchester. Following an appraisal of conservation and other issues facing this historic and constrained area, the plan sets out a series of proposals in respect of the expansion of the Cathedral Choir School, for capital generating housing development on four sites within the Close, for the improvement of visitor facilities and for the change of use of existing buildings. In addition to archaeological and conservation factors, the site is affected by transport and flood risk constraints. The production of the plan involved extensive community and stakeholder involvement and consultation and the preparation of a Sustainability Appraisal. It was informally endorsed by Winchester City Council as a basis for the consideration of planning applications.

Welborne, Fareham

Helping to plan for one of the UK's largest housing developments

Client: Fareham Borough Council

Welborne is a major strategic development site that will deliver about 6,000 homes and 90,000 sq. metres of employment floorspace over the next 25 years. The site occupies a key location, to the north of the M27 motorway, between the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton. The Welborne Plan was prepared to provide a clear planning framework to deliver Welborne as a new ‘garden community’ for Fareham. The scale of infrastructure required and the need to ensure that the development does not harm the environment, landscape and nearby existing communities made planning for Welborne a highly complex matter

Adams Hendry worked closely with Fareham Borough Council to provide advice and planning policy support for the preparation and examination of the Welborne Plan. Following the successful Examination, the Welborne Plan was adopted by the Council.

Kingsgate Street, Winchester

Realising development potential in an historic setting

Client: Winchester College

Adams Hendry advised Winchester College on its proposals to develop 11 residential properties for rent on the site of 77 to 79 Kingsgate Street and the adjacent Wellington Cottage, Canon Street. The scheme proposes high quality flats and houses involving a mixture of conservation, renovation and new build properties. Working closely with the College’s appointed architects, transport consultant, archaeologists and other consultants, Adams Hendry prepared a detailed planning application and application for Scheduled Monument Consent for submission to the relevant determining authorities.

Land North of Winchester

Successfully promoting client's interests

Client: Bovis Homes and Heron Land Developments

Adams Hendry was appointed by Bovis Homes and Heron Land Developments to promote their interests at north Winchester for predominantly residential development through the Winchester District Local Plan. This included submitting representations on key policy documents and providing comments on significant planning applications likely to affect the future development prospects of the site.


Emma Barnett or Debra Ivory  01962 877414 | e.barnett@adamshendry.co.uk or d.ivory@adamshendry.co.uk