Toro has the experience to help with all your planning requirements.
Toro has many years of success working together in partnership with Clients and Local Councils and Local Planning Authorities (LPAs). Consequently we regularly help clients with issues that are likely to arise on fabric building planning applications when erecting a tensile fabric structure.
We are talking about relatively substantial structure covered in tensioned fabric, which will be very visible in certain circumstances. The visual impact is going to be an issue for applications, different structure designs and colours of the exterior fabric will help to reduce the impact of the shelters. Our structures can be designed and covered with coloured membrane specifically to lower the visual impact we have discussed. For example, Toro has designed a salt barn for the Central Bedfordshire Council in RAL colour 6005 (see below), which was a stipulation from the local council Planning Department.
From buildings that have an effect on the amenity of the local area, such as noise and smell, are going to prove problematic in certain circumstances. For instance, that can happen when you have sensitive receptors close to the site of the proposed building such as residential development. That’s why Toro Shelters has developed temporary buildings that protect bulk material such as wood and salt. Their purpose is to keep odours and dust in and the weather and pests out. For example, our salt barns are designed to keep salt dry and to prevent salt contaminating the environment.
This ties in with the effects on amenity point above, any proposals that see (relatively) high volumes of transport to and from a building will struggle to obtain LPA sign off, subject to adequate mitigation being put in place. The other aspect to this subject in consideration of the access to the proposed.
Tensile Fabric Structures could sometimes be viewed as temporary structures (meaning they can be moved and often do not require a permanent foundation). Consequently authorities may grant restricted planning permission (to a period of say three/five years), in favour of the application and that added flexibility may allow Toro structures to be moved onto areas of a site that would otherwise not be open to normal buildings in the future.
It is sometimes possible to erect a tensile fabric structure on owned property without getting full planning permission as the rights to do so are derived from a general planning permission granted by Parliament. With this in mind, if you have a particularly complex situation, that is business-critical or of significant financial consequence, Toro can help connect you with a specialist for advice in this area.
If you’re unsure on anything at all, the Toro team can offer friendly and knowledgeable advice at any stage of your project. Therefore, feel free to to sound us out with a quick call or email.
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