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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 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 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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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 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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AXIS Secures Planning Consent for 21 Hectares of Commercial Glasshouses and CHP Plant in East Cambridgeshire

AXIS was responsible for the project management and preparation of a detailed planning application for 21 hectares of commercial glasshouses and a combined heat and power plant on land in East Cambridgeshire. The Proposed Development will reduce food miles, significantly extend the growing season and increase yields from the site by using LED lighting and CO2 captured from the gas engine to enhance photosynthesis throughout the year. The application was submitted May 2016 and was accompanied by a comprehensive Environmental Statement prepared by AXIS. The application was unanimously granted consent by East Cambridgeshire District Council on the 7th of September 2016.
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AXIS Secures Outline Planning Consent for New Housing Development in Truro

AXIS were responsible for the preparation of an outline planning application with all matters reserved for a proposed residential development of 275 dwellings, new highway access, public open space, landscaping and associated infrastructure on a 29 hectare site at Dudman Farm, Truro, Cornwall.

The application was supported by a suite of supporting information, including a comprehensive EIA.

The site is environmentally sensitive in terms of ecology and air quality issues. In addition the site’s access is onto the A390, which is one of the busiest routes into Truro and is experiencing highway capacity issues.

The application was heard by Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee who resolved to approve the planning application, subject to the completion of a S106 agreement, on the 17th December 2015.
Sunnyingdale Investments Ltd

The S106 agreement was ultimately completed on the 1st June 2016 and outline planning permission was formally granted on the 2nd June 2016.

Client: Sunningdale Investments Ltd (Sir David Kirch KBE)

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