Transport 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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AXIS Transport Planning Help Win Planning Appeal for Chester Housing Scheme

AXIS has helped win an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for a new scheme of 13 dwellings in Upton-by-Chester, Chester.

The development, situated on a site called White Gables, is served from a 220m long single-track access road situated next to a busy high school. Cheshire West and Chester Council Planning Committee refused the original planning application for a single reason related to perceived impacts upon highway safety and capacity.

AXIS transport planning staff demonstrated through detailed written and oral evidence that the Council were incorrect to refuse permission. The Inspector noted that “…I conclude that there is no substantive evidence to suggest that the proposal would result in an increase in the occurrence of unsafe vehicle movements during the peak network hours and/or an increased risk of conflict between vehicles and pedestrians and other road users. I consider that it has been satisfactorily demonstrated that the additional traffic which would be generated by the proposal could be accommodated safely and satisfactorily within the existing highway network and that the residual cumulative impacts of the development would not be severe.”

Lee Kendall, Technical Director at AXIS, said “It is very satisfying to be able to help our client achieve this result, having worked on this site for over 2 years. Tackling the decision required a detailed technical approach to dismantle each individual element of the refusal reason. For example, a bespoke empirical method of calculating the ‘incidence of conflict’ of two cars meeting one another along the access road was included, which was key to convincing the Inspector that the impact would be immaterial. The written evidence also included a line-by-line transposition of the Planning Committee meeting to demonstrate the irrational nature of the decision-making process in this instance. The scheme was met with a significant level of local resistance, whose concerns were addressed in a methodical manner at the appeal Hearing.”

For anyone interested in the scheme, please keep an eye on Vivio Developments website where details of the scheme will be posted soon.

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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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AXIS makes new Transport Planning Appointments

AXIS has significantly bolstered its Transport Planning capability with the appointment of three new staff members, including Lee Kendall, formerly with Curtins, who will now lead the overall Transport team. Lee is joined by Stephen Flacke from WYG and Balal Ahmed from SCP.

Based in Wilmslow, Lee Kendall, Technical Director, said: “AXIS has been providing Transport Planning advice for over 12 years. The new appointments reflect the company’s commitment to growth in this sector and we’re confident we know how to provide clients with what they actually want in a professional, expert and approachable manner. It’s not rocket science by any means – we simply aim to give high quality advice, on time, and at a competitive price. Our clients have come to appreciate us for this, which is reflected in the level of repeat business we’ve enjoyed in our previous positions and the growing future workload here at AXIS. We are all excited to join the company because of the modern, welcoming working environment here, and the huge opportunity for growth.”

Commenting on the new appointments, AXIS Director David Jones said: “The Directors of AXIS are delighted to welcome Lee, Stephen and Balal to the company. Each of them has already demonstrated their professionalism and enthusiasm and has embraced the company ethos of providing first-class advice, with a smile on your face. We have absolute confidence in their capabilities and are convinced they have the credentials to further enhance the Company’s reputation in this sector.”

AXIS operate from two offices in Chester and Wilmslow, servicing projects in all sectors across the UK.

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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 Transport Planning Involved in a Range of Development Scheme Successes

AXIS Transport Planning have worked with Morris Properties to secure a new access to serve future development land at Oteley Road, South Shrewsbury. AXIS provided detailed highway advice to the project including the initial preparation, and further evolution, of access scheme drawings. Planning consent for the proposed highway access was secured in January 2018. AXIS are currently working with Morris Property on a number of other sites in and around the West Midlands area, to support future development projects.

AXIS Transport Planning formed a key member of the consultancy team that successfully secured planning consent for the development of a meat handling facility served off the A683 Heysham Bay Gateway Road, in Lancashire. Having originally been instructed to provide highways and transport advice for the site’s redevelopment in 2014, AXIS Transport Planning was retained in 2015 as transport consultant by Althams Butchers. The redevelopment of the site, which currently comprises a number of disused farm buildings with direct access to the A683, will see the construction of a c5,000sqm purpose-built facility which would enable the business to relocate from their existing facility in Morecambe. The new facility includes dedicated on-site parking and HGV servicing areas, the upgrade of the existing site access to accommodate a ghost-island right turn lane facility on the A683 and the delivery of a Travel Plan including for a staff minibus service.

AXIS Transport Planning formed part of the team that has successfully secured planning consent for new student residential development on the site of the former Liverpool Road bus depot Chester City Centre. The Watkin Jones promoted scheme will deliver 323 student bed spaces, with AXIS advising on site access and transport sustainability issues. The scheme received planning approval in late 2017 and is scheduled to begin construction on-site during 2018. AXIS has been retained by Watkin Jones to advise on the detailed design of final site access arrangements and construction related traffic issues, including managing temporary traffic orders and hoardings.

AXIS Transport Planning are pleased to have assisted Moreton Hall School, Oswestry in securing planning consent for a new circa 300 seat school & community theatre development. AXIS was approached by the School to provide specialist highways and transport advice in support of the project and we were able to address all queries raised by the Local Highway Authority. The scheme received planning approval in early 2018.

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AXIS Transport Planning Show Strong 2017 Performance in Support of Development Clients

AXIS Transport Planning Provide Supporting Highways Assessment Work for a Range of Residential Schemes
AXIS Transport Planning have worked with a number of major house builders and land-owners to deliver formal Transport Assessment and Transport Statement documents to support new planning applications for a range of new residential developments. Recent sites include projects at locations such as Rochdale, Stockport, Manchester, Cheshire East, Warrington, Leicester, Sefton and Liverpool. We are also currently assisting a number of clients in identifying strategic long-term residential land parcels and promoting these developments through local plan review.

AXIS Transport Planning Form Part of the Successful Team Promoting New Hotel & ApartHotel Development in Central Manchester
AXIS Transport Planning acted as a key member of the consultancy team that has successfully secured planning consent for a new 20 storey hotel & hotel apartment project at 3 St Peters Square, Manchester. Working with developer Property Alliance Group (PAG), AXIS provided detailed highways and transport input to the project including preparation of a formal Transport Assessment & Servicing Strategy and detailed Travel Plans for both the 328 bedroom hotel and 262 suite apart-hotel operators. AXIS are currently working with PAG on developing a further 300+ bed hotel site elsewhere within the City Centre.

AXIS Transport Planning Provide Highways Support to Student Residential Schemes
AXIS Transport Planning have continued to work closely with major student accommodation developer Watkin Jones to assist in the securing of planning consents for new sites around the UK and in supporting the construction and delivery of these projects. AXIS are currently working with the Watkin Jones development team on projects in Sheffield (3-sites), Chester (2-sites), Coventry and Cambridge.

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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.

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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