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AXIS Places Development Consent Order (DCO) Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) for Extension to Allington IWMF on Public Deposit

AXIS has placed on public deposit a PEIR on behalf of FCC Environment (UK) Ltd in respect of an extension to the existing Allington Integrated Waste Management Facility located near Maidstone in Kent.  The proposed scheme would add a new waste treatment line to complement an existing three-line EfW facility.  This would enable FCC to generate up to an additional 32MW of energy through the treatment of approximately 350,000 tonnes of residual waste each year.  The result of the proposed extension is an extended station with a generating capacity of more than 50MW.  The scheme is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) under the Planning Act 2008, thereby requiring a DCO to operate.  The PEIR has been placed on public deposit for a period of 8 weeks up to the 14th September 2020. 

Following completion of the statutory consultation process, AXIS will consider all feedback received and continue to develop the DCO proposal in advance of completing the Environmental Statement.  The DCO application will then be submitted to PINS later this year, ahead of public examination and ultimately determination by the Secretary of State.

Integrated Waste Management Facility Aerial 3D Image

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AXIS Double Success at Salford Planning Committee!

AXIS helps secure two planning consents at the same planning committee session.  The two unrelated consents demonstrate the breadth of AXIS’ skills and the value of the company’s long experience in navigating potentially contentious major developments through the planning process.

Development at City Airport & Heliport (Barton Aerodrome)

AXIS has secured planning consent, on behalf of City Airport Ltd and Peel Land & Property Ltd, for an airfield safety scheme comprising import of inert materials to regrade land, divert a watercourse, partially infill a Site of Biological Importance and create compensatory habitat. AXIS assisted in the design of the scheme, including provision of detailed phasing proposals and specialist ‘instant’ landscape restoration, as a critical aspect of the proposal is to ensure that the Airport and Heliport remains operational while infilling progresses. Isopachyte information was produced, to control the height of moving plant in zones adjacent to the runways. As the Airport is a CAA-licensed facility, the AXIS team also had to ensure that proposals met their strict safety criteria.

AXIS also negotiated with Greater Manchester Ecology Unit to agree acceptable compensatory habitat for that lost to the scheme, prepared a whole-Airport Landscape & Ecological Management Plan for the long-term management of the site, assisted the Principal Designer in discharging his duties and contributed to the Site Works Information for tender.

AXIS continues to assist City Airport and Peel Land & Property in delivering the scheme, focussing on planning, landscape design and ecology.

Anchorage Quay, Salford Quays

AXIS assisted Cole Waterhouse to secure outline planning permission for a new residential apartment scheme of up to 290 units on the site of the former Barclays Bank office building at Anchorage Quay, Salford.

AXIS assisted with preparing the Transport Assessment / Travel Plan and in negotiating the scale and nature of highway-related S106 planning obligations.

AXIS’s Transport Planning team were able to demonstrate, through a combination of technical analysis and pro-active negotiations with Urban Vision that the 38 car parking spaces proposed (12.7%) would be acceptable to serve the scheme.

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AXIS Secures Planning Consent for another 49.5MWe Gas Peaking Plant

AXIS has secured planning consent, on behalf of Harbour Energy Ltd, for a 49.5MWe Gas Peaking Plant in the Green Belt to the west of National Grid’s Supergrid Substation, Capenhurst, Cheshire West and Chester.

Working closely with Harbour Energy, AXIS co-ordinated the planning application, green belt assessment, site search, noise, air quality, ecological and Landscape and Visual assessments. AXIS addressed consultation responses and managed the process during determination.

AXIS has secured planning consent for over 200MW of Gas Peaking Plants across the UK.

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AXIS Secures Planning Consent for 49.5MWe Gas Peaking Plant

AXIS has secured planning consent, on behalf of Harbour Energy Ltd, for a 49.5MWe Gas Peaking Plant on land adjacent to National Grid’s Supergrid Substation to the east of Kirkby, Knowsley.

Working closely with Harbour Energy and local technology provider Clarke Energy, AXIS co-ordinated the planning application, noise, air quality, ecological and Landscape and Visual assessments. AXIS addressed consultation responses and managed the process during determination. The application was approved under delegated powers.

AXIS are working on a number of other Gas Peaking Plants across the UK.

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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.

http://www.peelenergy.co.uk/mossy-hill

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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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