Tor Bank School

Relocation and development of new purpose-built facilities for Tor Bank School.

Issues Encountered

  • The need to ensure that the proposal overcame the presumption against building on protected open space
  • Traffic Impact on Dunlady Road
  • Tight timescale for permission to be achieved

Our Involvement

As part of a Public/Private Partnership, we provided the planning and lobbying consultancy services on a multi-disciplinary bid team, which was headed by the construction body GRAHAM.

Pre-application discussions enabled issues to be identified early on in the design process and also encouraged continuous dialogue with Planning Service staff during the formal processing of the planning application in order to avoid any unnecessary delays.

We also pro-actively lobbied elected representatives at Westminster, the Assembly and Council levels to help maximise support for the project and to urge the Department to approve the application as quickly as possible. The application was approved within 4 months of submission.

Details

  • Location:Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast
  • Client:GRAHAM
  • Status:Approved
  • Type:Educational
Belfast:
1 Pavilions Office Park, Kinnegar Drive, Holywood, BT18 9JQ
Dublin:
Denshaw House, 121 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Team Awards
  • CIPR Gold Award Winner for Outstanding Small Consultancy
  • CIPR Gold Award Winner for Public Affairs
  • RTPI UK and Ireland Small Planning Consultancy of the Year Award
Accreditations
RTPI
Irish Planning Institue
CIPR
Gravis Planning
Belfast:
1 Pavilions Office Park, Kinnegar Drive, Holywood, BT18 9JQ
Dublin:
Denshaw House, 121 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland