Planning News

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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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 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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AXIS Secures Resolution for Major Expansion to a Strategic Waste Management Facility in Rossington

AXIS, on behalf of Attero Waste Recycling Ltd, has secured planning permission, subject to the Secretary of State not calling in the application, for a major expansion to a strategic waste management facility in Rossington, Doncaster. The application will allow the doubling of Site throughput to the 400,000 tpa, erection of new waste management buildings, lorry park and rail loading area and construction of an approximate 200 metre length of a new road to be built to adoptable standards.

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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 Secures another Consent for Conygar

On 2nd October 2018, North West Leicestershire District Council resolved to grant full planning permission for a 25,00sq.ft retail unit and garden centre at Plot 2 of the Ashby Gateway site on the outskirts of Ashby-de-la-Zouche.

Acting on behalf of the site owners, Conygar Ashby Ltd, AXIS submitted the planning application in March 2018 and it is envisaged that construction works will start on-site early in 2019.

The unit will be operated by B&M Retail Ltd and lies adjacent to the M&S Simply Foods Unit, also developed by Conygar, which was completed in 2016 and has since received the prestigious award of best new building in the area during the last decade.

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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 Secures Consent for Kingswood Investments at Outdoor Education Centres

AXIS planning team has assisted Kingswood in securing planning approval for a number of capital investments at its outdoor education centres around the UK.

Grosvenor Hall Ashford, Kent, has seen consent secured on the former National Police Training Centre for a set of adventure lodges and yurt; a new 4300m2 lake to allow visitors to experience water sports in a safe and controlled environment; and a new water softening equipment to reduce the likelihood of pipes furring up.

Peak Venture, Barnsley, a green belt site on the edge of the Peak District, has received consent for a cluster of new glamping pods with yurt and WC/shower block; and a new reception facility and staff room together with improvements to a quad bike track.

Dearne Valley, Doncaster, the former Earth Centre millennium funded project acquired by Kingswood in 2011, and now its flagship centre, has received consent for a set of adventure lodges and a pod village with yurts to complement the previously consented permanent accommodation buildings. A decision on an application for a further pod village and adventure equipment (zip lines and high ropes courses) is currently awaited.

Sites at Colomendy, Denbighshire and Bembridge, Isle of Wight have received consent for adventure lodges and yurt providing an alternative accommodation for visiting guests.

AXIS is also assisting Kingswood to secure new sites to extend its strategic UK coverage.

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