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AXIS helps Peel Energy secure planning permission for Mossy Hill Wind Farm Shetland

AXIS LVIA staff assisted Peel Energy in securing planning consent for a 12 turbine, 145m to blade tip wind farm on the outskirts of Lerwick, Shetland.  AXIS advised on the design of the windfarm from a landscape and visual perspective and undertook the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for the project.  A key issue was minimising the potential effects on a nearby National Scenic Area.  This was achieved through an iterative design process earlier in the design development stage and Scottish Natural Heritage raised no objections in this respect.

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Completion of the Millerhill Recycling & Energy Recovery Centre (RERC)

In 2015 AXIS was instructed by FCC Environment to prepare and submit a planning application and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the development of the Millerhill Recycling & Energy Recovery Centre (RERC). The facility was to comprise a new 195,000 tpa energy from waste (EfW) facility located on the edge of Edinburgh, designed to serve the 25-year Edinburgh and Midlothian Municipal Waste Management Contract. 

AXIS secured conditional planning consent for the proposed development in late 2015, followed by a series of non-material variations.

Construction of the Millerhill RERC commenced in late 2016 and AXIS has continued to advise FCC on the discharge of planning conditions and the planning amendments that have been necessary throughout the 30-month construction process.

In April 2019, the facility was officially opened, marking the commencement of the FCC’s contract with Edinburgh Council and Midlothian Council.

AXIS are delighted to have played an important role in the success of this project.

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AXIS provides Expert Witness Evidence at Section 36 Wind Farm Public Inquiry

In October 2018 Jon Mason, AXIS Landscape Technical Director, presented expert witness evidence to the Golticlay Wind Farm public inquiry which was held over a 5-day period in Wick.

A section 36 consent for the proposed wind farm had been sought from the Scottish Government by the developer E.ON Climate and Renewables on Forestry Commission Land southwest of Wick in Caithness. Whilst Highland Council officers recommended no objection, the planning committee voted to object, triggering the requirement for a public inquiry.

The project would consist of 19 turbines of 130m in height and would generate over 68MW of renewable energy. AXIS had previously prepared all landscape and visual impact submissions including visualisations within an Environmental Statement coordinated by AECOM. Scottish Ministers are expected to provide a decision in mid-2019.

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AXIS Secures Planning Permission for £220 million North Beck Energy Centre

On 12 October 2018 AXIS secured planning permission for the North Beck Energy Centre, a £220 million Energy from Waste development project at Immingham, for generating 49.5 MW (megawatts) of electricity from waste material that would otherwise be destined for landfill disposal in the UK, or exported as fuel to energy plants in mainland Europe.

AXIS has managed all planning and design aspects of the project from inception through to the grant of consent. The company prepared a full EIA and Transport Assessment in support of the scheme which was approved by North Lincolnshire Council under officer delegated powers.

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AXIS Lands Planning Permission in Principle for Major Fife Regeneration Project

On 15 August 2018 AXIS secured planning permission in principle for the regeneration of the 423 hectare former Westfield opencast coal site in Fife. The scheme includes 160,000m2 of employment space and is centred on a 250,000tpa Energy from Waste (EfW) plant and 3 recycling facilities. The EfW plant will supply heat and power to on-site energy users, with the balance of electricity being exported to the grid.

The scheme also includes 70 hectares of solar power, approximately half of which is a floating installation. AXIS were responsible for the production of the planning application and full EIA, together with a detailed and complex Transport Assessment.

AXIS is presently engaged in the submission of a number of subsequent applications pursuant to the permission in principle.

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AXIS Attends Official Opening Ceremony for the Completed Salford Flood Improvement Scheme

The completed Salford Flood Improvement Scheme was officially opened on 2 February 2018 by EA Chair, Emma Howard-Boyd and Salford City’s Mayor, Paul Dennett. Costing £10 million, the scheme will reduce the risk of flooding for almost 2000 homes and businesses in Lower Broughton and Lower Kersal.

The flood basin sits within a meander loop of the River Irwell upstream of Salford. The 28 hectare flood storage basin will hold 650 million litres of water (an equivalent volume to 260 Olympic sized swimming pools) during a flood. The design includes more than 5 hectares of urban wetland habitat bringing attractive landscape to people and wildlife. It will work in tandem with Littleton Road flood storage basin and other channel raising work, completed in 2005 – AXIS and Jacobs were also consultants on these earlier phases.

AXIS formed part of the Jacobs consultant team, advising the EA on the appraisal and delivery of the scheme for the last 3 years.

AXIS coordinated the preparation of the Environmental Statement for the EIA schedule 2 flood storage basin. It then secured planning approval and coordinated discharge of all planning conditions. AXIS helped to design significant public realm improvements along the riverside walkway (Irwell Sculpture Trail); and nature conservation enhancements for the new wetlands.

Artwork alludes to former use of storage basin as Manchester’s Race Course

Over 5ha of wetland created contributing to BAP targets

Aerial view of Salford’s new flood storage basin at Castle Irwell

AXIS oversaw the environmental aspects of construction and ensured that the initial landscape masterplan was realised.

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AXIS Attends Official Opening Ceremony for the Completed Mersey Warrington Flood Risk Management Scheme

The completed Mersey Warrington Flood Risk Management Scheme was officially opened on 26 January 2018 by EA Chief Executive, Sir James Bevan and Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Les Morgan.

Costing over £34 million, the scheme is one of the largest flood defence projects in northwest England which will significantly reduce the risk of flooding to over 2000 homes and businesses in Warrington and protect vital infrastructure contributing to the local and regional economy.

Opening plaque with consultants from AXIS, Jacobs and CH2M

AXIS formed part of the consultant team, with engineering consultants CH2M and Jacobs, advising the EA on the appraisal and delivery of the scheme for the last 7 years.

AXIS role was to assist the EA in working with landowner and stakeholder organisations such as Warrington Council, Peel Holdings, United Utilities and the numerous community groups and residents affected by the scheme.

AXIS prepared the initial Design Guidelines setting the overall design parameters and allowing regulators to appreciate the vision. AXIS secured consent for the original hybrid planning application with accompanying ES covering the detailed design of Phase 1 and outline of Phases 2 & 3. AXIS then secured detailed planning consent for later phases.

AXIS helped to design significant public realm improvements for Knutsford Road and Victoria Park; nature conservation enhancements for Twiggeries; improved connectivity along the river through the provision of new cycleways/footpaths; and interpretation of heritage features.

Jelly Bean Wharf (redesigned viewing and seating area)

Public realm improvements along Knutsford Road

AXIS oversaw the environmental aspects of the construction and ensured that the initial environmental and landscape vision was realised.

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AXIS Involved in Major Mixed-Use Scheme

AXIS Transport formed a key part of the consultant team supporting Russell Homes in the preparation of a hybrid planning application to Rochdale Council for a 320-acre site in South Heywood. It is envisaged that the site will be developed over a 20 year timeframe, with the masterplan including for the delivery of a 2.2km new link road connecting to M62 J19 (detailed planning application) and a mixed-use development area consisting of 1.45m sqft of employment floor space and up to 1,000 residential dwellings with ancillary retail and community uses, including a potential new primary school.

The new link road represents a recognised infrastructure priority for both Rochdale Council and Transport for Greater Manchester and would provide a new strategic eastbound connection to the national motorway network from the major employment areas at South Heywood. The new link road would be part-funded by grants from TfGM and Highways England, with the funding shortfall met by Russell Homes through the revenue generated by the proposed housing areas.
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AXIS were commissioned by Russell Homes to prepare a comprehensive Transport Assessment for the combined link road / outline development proposals, including information drawn from a bespoke SATURN model for the South Heywood area, prepared in liaison with Rochdale Council & Highways England. AXIS also prepared a range of additional input including a Framework Travel Plan and relevant sections of the formal Environmental Statement. A decision on the proposals is anticipated within the next 12 months, allowing work on the link road to begin by 2019.

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AXIS Secures 67MW of Gas Fired Generation for the Capacity Market Auctions

AXIS has secured planning consent for 67MW of gas fired electricity generation capacity at a number of sites across the UK. The Capacity Market Auctions at the end of 2016 require all sites to have a valid planning permission by the 4th November 2016 to qualify for the auction. AXIS was commissioned by a number of clients on sites across the UK to secure planning consent for a series of gas engines (5MW to 20MW installations) to provide energy security and stability to the National Grid. AXIS co-ordinated the planning applications, noise and air quality assessments and flood risk assessments where required, successfully securing consent for 67MW of capacity prior to the auction deadline, despite challenging timescales.

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Planning Permission secured for Development of an Energy Recovery Park in Southport, Sefton

AXIS has secured full planning permission on behalf of Iona Capital for the development of a 100,000tpa Energy Recovery Park comprising a Waste Transfer Station; new Anaerobic Digestion Facility; Operation and Teaching Facility; Biomass Boiler Facility and associated ancillary infrastructure including storage tanks, weighbridge, reception office etc. The permission also provides outline planning permission for development of over 4,000m2 of new B2/B8 industrial warehousing, associated access and landscaping. The development is located in Southport, Sefton.

The Energy Recovery Park would have an electrical generating capacity of 2.5MW in addition to 6.3MW of renewable thermal energy for re-use. It will collectively secure circa 100 full time jobs plus an immeasurable number of temporary supply jobs and permanent indirect associated service jobs.

AXIS was responsible for all facets of the planning application including the preparation, co-ordination and submission of all planning documentation and supporting environmental information. The application required extensive engagement with a number of departments within Sefton Borough Council, as well as other key stakeholders and technical consultees. All of the consultation and negotiation process was undertaken by AXIS staff. The application was considered by Members of the Planning Committee on the 29th September and permission was granted by a majority vote of 11-1.

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