Dissington plan

Dissington Garden Village – ‘minded to approve’ decision secured

Dissington plan
Dissington plan

Lugano Property Group has recently secured a minded to approve decision, subject to referral to the National Planning Case Work Unit, for a garden village on green belt land in Ponteland, Northumberland. The proposed development, Dissington Garden Village, would deliver around 2,000 homes alongside a school, shops, employment floorspace and community facilities.

Volterra supported the planning application, outlining the economic case for the scheme. Our work found that the garden village would contribute significant direct economic benefits in terms of temporary construction jobs, up to 990 permanent jobs across the garden village as well as £22.5m worth of resident spending in the North East economy each year.

Nationally, the economic case for housing is strong. The North East region’s economy has struggled but has many opportunities for future growth. Key to harnessing this future growth is attracting and retaining skilled people. Ponteland is one of the most attractive places to locate in Northumberland. Dissington Garden Village will contribute positively to this by delivering much needed housing in a location where people want to live.

Volterra Partner, Ellie Evans, says that “Dissington Garden Village is a major opportunity for the North East. By providing sensitively designed housing and commercial space in an attractive location alongside investment in social and physical infrastructure, the garden village will attract skilled people to the area, thus contributing positively to the region’s economy, which is in much need of a positive boost.”

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ALEX O’BYRNE

Associate

e: aobyrne@volterra.co.uk
t: +44 020 8878 6333

Alex O’Byrne, Associate at Volterra, is an experienced economic consultant specialising in economic, health and social impact, economic strategy, project appraisal and socio-economic planning matters.

Alex has led the socio-economic and health assessments of some of the most high profile developments across the UK, including Battersea Power Station, Olympia London, London Resort, MSG Sphere and Westfield. He has significant experience inputting to EIAs and s106 discussions as well as drafting economic statements, employment and skills strategies and affordable workspace strategies.

Alex is also experienced at economic appraisal for infrastructure. He was project manager of the economic appraisal for the City Centre to Mangere Light Rail in Auckland. He also led the economic and financial appraisals of the third tranche of the Transport Access Program for Transport for New South Wales, in which Alex developed and employed innovative methodological approaches to better capture benefits for individuals with reduced mobility.

He is interested in the limitations of current appraisal methodologies and ways of improving economic and health analysis to ensure it is accessible to as many people as possible. To this end, Alex recognises the importance of transparent and simple to understand analysis and ensuring all work is supported by a robust narrative.

Alex holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Manchester and he was a member of the first cohort of the Mayor’s Infrastructure Young Professionals Panel.

ELLIE EVANS

Senior Partner

e: eevans@volterra.co.uk
t: +44 020 8878 6333

Ellie is a partner at Volterra, specialising in the economic impact of developments and proposals, and manages many of the company’s projects on economic impact, regeneration, transport and development.

With thirteen years experience at Volterra delivering high quality projects to clients across the public and private sector, Ellie has expertise in developing methods of estimating economic impact where complex issues exist with regards to deadweight, displacement and additionality.

Ellie has significant experience in estimating the economic impact across all types of property development including residential, leisure, office and mixed use schemes.

Project management of recent high profile schemes include the luxury hotel London Peninsula, Battersea Power Station and the Nova scheme at London Victoria. Ellie has also led studies across the country estimating the economic and regeneration impact of proposed transport investments, including studies on HS2 and Crossrail.

Ellie holds a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Cambridge.