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After 14 years leading our Planning Consultancy, we bid farewell to Roger Finch as he embarks on his retirement: Roger has provided an invaluable service to us and many of our clients, and upheld an enviable track record of successful service for a wide range of projects. Roger came to us from being chief planning officer at Surrey Heath Borough Council, and has played a key role in several of our highest profile projects. We wish him well in retirement and those who have worked with him over the years will know it is well deserved.


Looking ahead, the L+S+H Planning Department will be led by our senior planner Rob McLennan, (with whom some of you may be working already). Roger and Rob have worked closely over the course of 2018, to ensure a seamless transition of service for all clients across all of our projects and sectors and Rob will be central to the expansion of the role and service for the practice.


If you have current or new enquiries and would like to speak directly on planning matters please contact Rob at

Our Senior Planners have read the Government's recent issue of the revised National Planning Policy Framework, click above to read a summary of the revisions.

Planning success for LSH Architects mixed-use Farnborough scheme comprising 68 apartments, retail and leisure uses

Lyons+Sleeman+Hoare’s mixed-use scheme for Key Property Investments, a joint venture between St Modwen PLC and Salhia Real Estate Co., was unanimously approved by Rushmoor Borough Council’s planning committee last night (26th April 2018), a milestone which will enable further regeneration progress in Farnborough’s town centre.


This Residential, Retail and Leisure building is the latest in a string of developments by St Modwen/ KPI in the town centre, and is an important part of the masterplan for the area, linking together key parts of the retail core at The Meads, Kingsmead and Queensmead. Comprising 68 apartments, with 40,000 sq.ft of retail and 26,000 sq.ft of leisure uses, the new development will also include private amenity space, car and cycle parking, and provide a new link to rooftop parking in the adjoining part of the town centre regeneration scheme, together with a new entrance into The Meads Shopping Centre.


The design follows a series of completed buildings for St Modwen/ KPI in Farnborough town centre designed by Lyons+Sleeman+Hoare, including the development of a Sainsbury’s superstore, new apartments, hotel, new retail and restaurants, a Vue multiplex cinema, and refurbishment of The Meads Shopping Centre. Nearby, L+S+H also completed an extension to Prince’s Mead Shopping Centre for Knight Frank Investors.

LSH Architects have secured planning permission for a new Art School and Lecture Theatre for Headington School.

Lyons+Sleeman+Hoare have secured planning permission for a new Art School and Lecture Theatre for Headington School, an independent girls’ school in Oxfordshire.


The 23,000 sq.ft art school combines physical and digital media teaching with display and gallery spaces, and ancillary services. 'Traditional' art 2-d and 3-d disciplines are accommodated in 3 large, north-lit artist studios, 2 wet and dry textile studios, a 3-d pottery/ sculpture studio and Kiln Room, and Photography and Dark Room facility.


A major double height gallery space, new 150-seater lecture auditorium and a secondary gallery space are also provided, along with a new Art Library, seminar room, washrooms and staff offices.

Lyons+Sleeman+Hoare Architects design for a new multi function Lower School building for Edge Grove School receives planning approval
Lyons+Sleeman+Hoare Architects design for a new multi function Lower School building for Edge Grove School submitted for Planning

Detailed Planning Permission has been granted for the new Lower School Building for Edge Grove School, Hertfordshire:


We are delighted to have achieved a consent with this design in a complex planning context, set within London Metropolitan Green Belt land and adjacent to Grade II Listed buildings. Congratulations are well deserved by all the design team. The successful result sets a positive start to 2018, while we have projects underway for independent prep and public schools in Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire.


In Autumn 2017 Lyons+Sleeman+Hoare submitted our designs for a new multi-function Lower School Building for Edge Grove School, described below:


The new building is a sensitive contemporary design, which sits at the heart of the prep school’s campus, whilst at the same time being a discreet new addition in the school’s landscape, and the setting of the 18th Century Grade II Listed main building. A gently-tilted roof subtly lifts the eye to focus upon the historic Listed building.


The 700 sq.m development will replace and consolidate disparate classroom blocks with 6 new high quality classrooms for two year-groups, and provide a new 200 sq.m multi-purpose hall and assembly space, library area, offices, washrooms and ancillary functions


The design is a sustainable concept which provides excellent natural light and ventilation, eliminating the need for mechanical ventilation and cooling, and with lowered heating costs.


The new building forms the start of a programme of enhancements to the 80 year old school’s campus, and is one of a series of current commissions for independent schools currently being delivered by Lyons+Sleeman+Hoare.

CGI and fly through animation for Maylands Retail Park Hemel Hempstead for Aviva Investors and Trilogy


Behind the scenes detailed work is progressing and at an advanced stage. The consented development provides over 130,000 sq. ft of retail, and nearly 8,000 sq. ft of café/ restaurant space, together with 30,000 sq. ft of office space.


The scheme, set alongside Aviva's People Building office development & Nuffield Health club, includes a series of large retail units plus an Aldi supermarket, Costa and McDonalds restaurant. The hybrid detailed/ outline consent also provides for a future phase comprising up to 30,000 sq ft of commercial offices, set with the retail in a high visibility location on the entry to the town from the M1 motorway. A further planning application has been submitted for additional A3/A4 space.


The store, for M&S and Al-Futtaim (M&S’s largest partner) is one of the major store-openings of 2017 with 47,000 sq.ft of fashion and foods, showcasing Marks & Spencer’s new boutique shopping concept and the largest international Lingerie department. The store also introduces the M&S Food Hall to the country, with chilled foods, bakery and table-waited restaurant.


Our design combines a palette of light and enlivening materials with 3-D forms, textures and lighting to create a chic and relaxing shopping environment, centred around a double height circulation void linking the two floors. The awards will be announced in November.

Lyons+Sleeman+Hoare Architects retail interior design M&S Store Doha Festival City Qatar Marks & Spencer Al Futtaim
Lyons+Sleeman+Hoare Architects logistics & warehousing scheme for Fenwick's has gained planning permission.

We are pleased that our logistics/ warehousing scheme at Junction 4 of the M3, has gained planning permission from Rushmoor Borough Council. The replacement building on the site of the existing Bentalls warehouse, for client Fenwick Ltd, will provide 173,000 sq.ft (16,080 sq.m) of modern B8-Class Storage and Distribution space. The project will provide up-to-date logistics facilities with 23 vehicle docks.


The development is one of a series of recent logistics commissions we have been working on.

Lyons+Sleeman+Hoare acted as Planning Consultant and Architect.

Lyons+Sleeman+Hoare Architects and masterplanners for Nerva Meadow, Brockworth

Our masterplan for a 106 house development at Nerva Meadow, Brockworth, has secured Outline planning permission. The site, owned by our client Goodman, is a peripheral part of Gloucester Business Park, built on the former BAe aerodrome at Brockworth.


With newly built residential development now reaching the outer limits of the park, the scheme presents an opportunity to develop commercial plots which might not have been occupied for many years to come.


Set to a backdrop of the Cotswolds and the towering Coopers Hill nearby, the scheme will provide new family houses of varying sizes in a coherent streetscape, with outlook focused on an informal village green, giving a sense of identity and with a setting that provides a sense of connection to existing residential streets and a visual link to the Cotswold landscape.