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New Headquarters Building for CABI

31 July 2019

Ridge has succeeded in obtaining planning permission for a 3500 sqm headquarters building and 91 houses in Wallingford.

CABI is a non for profit organisation which undertakes scientific research and provides information in connection with addressing problems in agriculture world wide. A significant employer locally, the planning permission, which was granted on appeal, allows for a much needed new headquarters building for CABI. The approved housing element, which was necessary to fund the required replacement building, will provide market and affordable housing in an accessible location where there is a serious deficit of both.

The planning team at Ridge project managed the application and provided expert witness at public inquiry. There were a number of constraints associated with the site which added complexity to the project including inclusion within the AONB, a nearby SAM, outside of any settlement boundary and viability issues.