Planning News

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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Plans Approved for Eco-Homes in the Cheshire Green Belt

AXIS has obtained a resolution to grant detailed planning permission from Cheshire East Council for 14 eco-homes in the Cheshire Green Belt as part of a development allowing an ancient peat bog to be restored to wetland.

Plans for the 14 bespoke family homes, adjacent to the Lindow Moss peat extraction site near Wilmslow, were approved by Cheshire East Council’s planning committee on December 20, 2018.

The scheme, which has the support of a number of environmental organisations, will see the peat bog restored as a wetland for birds and a variety of protected species.

The homes are to be built on a 1.76-hectare parcel of land to the south of the peat bog and currently used as a peat storage and processing facility.

The sustainable homes range from four to five bedroom properties, each with garages and gardens, and are situated around landscaped courtyards and communal space.

Arranged in clusters, the scheme is designed to limit the effect on the openness of the Green Belt through small groups of housing and clear spaces. Existing landscaping and mature trees around the site will be retained to reduce its visual impact on the surroundings.

AXIS worked with award winning Manchester-based Architects Calder Peel on the project.  Each of the homes will benefit from high levels of thermal insulation, far surpassing those required by current building regulations.  They will use solar photovoltaic panels for heat, while ‘solar chimneys’, integrated as part of greenhouse areas for home-grown, sustainable food, will encourage natural ventilation through passive solar energy.

The orientation of the homes, coupled with large glazed openings on the south elevations, will allow them to maximise solar heat gain during the winter months.

Meanwhile, timber solar shading will protect the homes from unwanted additional heat gain from the high position of the sun in the summer months. Smaller areas of glazing on the north elevations will guard against unwanted heat loss.   

The site, owned by Messrs Bond and Rowland, has been used for peat extraction since the 1950s. It became famous in 1984 when the remains of an Iron Age man, nicknamed Lindow Man, were found perfectly preserved in the peat. The 2,000-year-old body was later transferred to the British Museum.

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AXIS Secures Consent for Employment Units on the Edge of Worksop

On behalf of FCC Environment, AXIS has secured outline planning permission for 3,125m2 of employment floorspace (B1, B2 and B8 Use Class) at Carlton Forest Quarry on the edge of Worksop. The exact layout is to be determined at the reserved matters stage but will provide flexible employment floorspace, comprising up to 6 units approximately 520m2 each with associated car parking, servicing and landscaping.

AXIS managed the planning and design aspects of the project as well as preparing a detailed Transport Assessment.

The application was heard by Bassetlaw’s Planning Committee who unanimously approved the application.

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Construction of Premier Inn Nearing Completion

The construction of a new Premier Inn Hotel on Anglesey is nearing completion.

The hotel is located at Parc Cybi, a strategic employment site which lies within the Anglesey Enterprise Zone, off Junction 2 of the A55 (North Wales Expressway).

It will be the first Premier Inn on Anglesey and will create 20 full-time jobs.

AXIS obtained planning permission for the proposed 80-bed hotel, which includes a restaurant, earlier this year.

Since that time, AXIS has been busy discharging pre-commencement and, latterly, pre-occupation conditions to ensure that the construction programme is maintained.

Construction is anticipated to be completed early in the New Year.

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Planning Application Submitted for New Flood Defences at Kendal, Cumbria

AXIS was commissioned by Capita on behalf of Environment Agency (EA) in Spring 2018 to provide planning consultancy services for the Kendal Linear Flood Defences, part funded by ERDF. AXIS and Capita worked closely with EA, South Lakeland District Council and Historic England to develop proposals through the sensitive historic core of Kendal and along the River Kent SAC/SSSI.

AXIS coordinated the various planning submissions including Planning Statement, Design and Access statement, Statement of Community Involvement. Applications for listed building consent, scheduled monuments and works on Common Land will be prepared shortly. Subject to gaining necessary consents, EA hope to commence work on site in late spring 2019.

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Improved Flood Defences for Littleborough, Rochdale

AXIS was commissioned by Jacobs on behalf of Environment Agency (EA) to provide consultancy services for Littleborough, Rochdale. AXIS and Jacobs worked closely with EA and Rochdale Council to develop proposals for the River Roch, Town House Brook and Greenvale Brook including upstream storage at Gale.

AXIS provided Jacobs with landscape design services helping to create new flood defences to fit in with the local vernacular using its Design Vision approach. AXIS also coordinated the planning submission including the supporting planning statement and design and access statement.

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AXIS Appointed by Veolia to Deliver Planning Permission for a £200m Energy Recovery Facility

AXIS is proud to announce that they have been appointed by Veolia Waste Services to help prepare and submit an application and accompanying EIA for a circa 300,000 tonne per annum Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Heysham, Lancashire.  The development represents a sustainable approach to treat the County’s waste and will create enough electricity to power 60,000 homes a year, as well as providing economic benefit for the local community.

AXIS is leading on the preparation and production of all elements of the planning application and Environmental Statement, ultimately targeting successful determination by Lancashire County Council in mid-2019.

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AXIS Appointment on the EDF Nuclear Framework

AXIS is pleased to announce that, following the successful delivery of planning and environmental services to EDF Energy (Oil and Gas) for over 12 years, we have now been appointed on the EDF Nuclear Generation Framework.

AXIS is looking forward to continuing our longstanding successful relationship by providing planning services to this valuable sector of the EDF Group.

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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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Major AXIS Client Applegreen plc Acquires Control of Welcome Break

On 31 October 2018, AXIS’ major client in the roadside services sector, Applegreen plc, confirmed its acquisition of a majority stake in the Motorway Service Area (MSA) provider Welcome Break. The Applegreen Group had 368 sites as at 30 June 2018, across the Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States. The Welcome Break deal adds 24 MSAs, two trunk road service areas and 29 hotels across 35 locations in the UK.

AXIS is Applegreen’s leading planning advisor and is managing 3 new MSA planning applications, plus a large number of other schemes.

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