Scott Brownrigg Planning achieves permission for King's Troop new Woolwich home


Scott Brownrigg Planning has achieved planning permission and conservation area consent on behalf of Defence Estates and Morgan Sindall for the new £16 million home of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery at Napier Lines in Woolwich.

The applications, which will provide new working accommodation, stables and horse training facilities on Napier Lines together with an all-weather training area on the adjacent Ha Ha Road site, received unanimous support from members of Greenwich Council's Planning Board Committee.  During pre-application community engagement, led by Scott Brownrigg Planning, the proposals also received strong support from local stakeholders and residents in Woolwich. 

The planning applications for both the Napier Lines and Ha Ha Road sites were prepared by the Scott Brownrigg-led project design team in six weeks and a resolution to grant from the Planning Board Committee was achieved in less than 10 weeks from submission. 

The development will provide stabling and full supporting facilities for 170 horses, as well as the troop's historic gun carriages. 

Sustainability is the driving feature of the proposed development, by Scott Brownrigg, which will be designed to achieve BREEAM 'Excellent'.  Sustainable features of the scheme will include solar chimneys to provide natural stack ventilation to the horse stables; biomass boiler making use of horse waste on site to generate hot water and space heating for the buildings.  It is anticipated that surplus fuel will be created and that this can be exported off-site, making the development 'carbon negative'; rainwater harvesting will provide large volumes of water for general use in the stables, and therefore reduce water use throughout the site; and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDs) will manage surface water drainage on site including soakaways.

Jeff Pyrah, Planning Director at Scott Brownrigg commented, “It has been a pleasure to work with Morgan Sindall and Defence Estates on this high profile project; to lead public engagement where the community are genuinely interested, excited and impressed by the proposals; and to work collaboratively with planning officers to gain planning approval for a highly sustainable scheme that will ensure the King’s Troop are a welcome addition to the Woolwich Common landscape.” 

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