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Hathersage West crossing 011In February 2018 the Secretary of State for Transport announced the decision to approve new passing facilities on the Manchester to Sheffield Hope Valley route at Bamford and Dore.  RJP acted as the consents advisers on the project and supported the large multi-disciplinary team through the scheme development, application submission and public inquiry.

The proposed works will be in the areas of the Peak District National Park and Sheffield City Council.  We are proud to have worked with Network Rail, Mott MacDonald, Seed Architects, NLG Ecololgy, Eversheds and Landmark Chambers on this important infrastructure investment scheme and delighted that, after a long wait, the scheme has been approved.

IMG_1951Our practice director, Ruth Jackson, is currently training to cycle with Club Peloton from Copenhagen to Berlin this June.  The ride is to raise funds for Coram, an adoption charity, founded in 1739, which every day offers direct, practical help and emotional support to vulnerable children, young people and their families.  It of course also gives Ruth the motivation to get out and train during the dreary and chilly winter months.  Training rides so far, around the Cheshire and Derbyshire countryside, have amounted to 120km over three outings.  A little bit of work to do then…

If you would like to make a donation, check out Ruth’s Race Nation sponsorship page.

Picture taken by Chris Hargreaves 28 January 2018

IMG_0843On 28th November, RJP took a little break from our busy day to discuss and agree our business values and to promote Manchester City of Trees’ GoGreen campaign.  We wore green to raise a little money for the City of Trees campaign, avoided printing, rescued our wilting office plants and generally had a jolly time!

RJP attended the Place Northwest Merseyside Development Update this week.  Top of the agenda were the economic growth assumptions underpinning the new Liverpool City Region housing and employment land assessment.  Arguably, there are so many flagship projects in the city, from the Knowledge Quarter to Wirral Waters, that a more ambitious approach can be justified.

On infrastructure, panel members agreed that improved east to west connectivity across the north would benefit the city region, but such schemes can take many years to materialise.  Local government support was identified as a route to speed up the process.

Also discussed were the increase in PRS residential development in the city centre; the benefits of the community interest vehicle in the Baltic Quarter; and the merits of a strategic land review to enable delivery of aspirational homes and employment opportunities.


Ruth Jackson was at a public inquiry in July 2017 providing expert witness services on a Transport and Works Act Order for High Speed 2.

We were delighted to find out on the last working day of 2016 that our appeal to the planning inspectorate, challenging an enforcement notice for demolition of a garden room, was upheld.

The decision is a major result for our client who we had to work hard with to guide through the appeal process.

We are really pleased to have become a partner of Manchester City of Trees this month and are looking forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting involved with this great initiative to transform the green infrastructure of our home city.  Find out more at

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huytonandroby_landuse_0172_30940874280_oNetwork Rail’s Huyton and Roby capacity improvement project was highly commended at the 2016 CEEQUAL awards, in the land use category (  Held at the Royal Institute of Civil Engineers in London, we were very proud to join our colleagues from Network Rail, Buckingham Contracting Group, and Mott MacDonalds to toast the success.

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