Demolition of Factory

Background

Covering an area of approximately 4.5 ha, the site lies immediately west of the ‘West Stonehouse Strategic Allocation’ detailed within the Stroud District Local Plan.  The Oldends Lane factory was first established in the 1930s to supply bearings for machine use, however the operations have now ceased and the former use of the site is redundant. The factory then became the company’s Aerospace Division where it was used for the production of parts for aircraft engines.   It was acquired by SKF in 2005, and in the last few years there were 200 employees on site.  The factory however closed in 2022 and was subsequently purchased by the current owners.

Our client, Salmon Developments Stonehouse Ltd, approached MEP to assist in securing the relevant permission for the demolition of the existing factory buildings.

Site details and constraints

  • Non designated heritage assets.
  • Edge of Stroud Industrial Heritage Conservation Area.
  • Mineral safeguarding area.
  • Brownfield site.

Our role

The team at MEP were responsible for the following:

  • Preparation, submission and monitoring of the Demolition Notification which involved the formation of a demolition plan detailing methods for health and safety during the works.
  • As part of the submission, MEP demonstrated that despite the buildings representing non-designated heritage assets, the relevant legislation does not control or preclude the loss of such buildings.

Outcomes

Prior approval was granted by Stroud District Council for the demolition of all the buildings on the site including the former SKF factory and other buildings.

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