The client needed to prepare an outline planning application for an extra care residential development near Whitestone, Herefordshire. HJA was appointed to assess the likely economic impact arising from the proposed scheme.
We carried out an assessment of the construction phase impacts, taking additionality factors such as leakage, deadweight, displacement, and multiplier effects into account. This assessment demonstrated the scheme would directly support 62 jobs in the Hereford City area, and 122 jobs across the Herefordshire County area during construction. We also assessed the economic impacts from the operation of the scheme, with the two primary employment effects arising through on site provision of care services to residents and additional staffing. This assessment revealed the development could support up to £900,000 of wages annually in the Hereford and Herefordshire areas.
Our work helped the client demonstrate to the local Planning Officer that the scheme ensured the site would provide benefits to the economy of the local area during both the construction and operational phases. This contributed to the success of the outline planning application.