Diversity of Planning Work

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Diversity of Planning Work

September 2017

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The Fisher German Planning team continue to have an excellent success rate in gaining consent for new development and three recent projects demonstrate the breadth of our client base and service provision.

Major expansion and green energy for Kingspan 

In July this year consent was secured for an 8,000m2 expansion of the largest Kingspan Insulation factory, based in Selby.  The proposal included a gasification fired Combined Heat and Power (CHP) facility that will generate 14MW of electricity and 1.5MW of heat.  The CHP plant, which uses waste as fuel, will not only power the entire factory but will also off-set the entire Kingspan UK energy consumption.  Heat from the CHP would be used in the factory with surplus piped to heat the surrounding industrial estate.  

The application was accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment which overcame initial concerns that heat emissions would impact on the light aircraft from the adjacent airfield.  The scheme received a unanimous approval and was commended by the Council on its innovative and forward-thinking nature raising standards for the area and creating 45 new jobs.

For further information contact Kay Davies on 01530 567476 or email here

Successful business relocation for TFN Landscapes

Noake Farm in Hucclecote Gloucester is now open for business following a lengthy planning process which took Fisher German over 18 months of steadfast work to obtain consent.  The successful business, operating from the site since Spring 2017, is TFN Landscapes. The new site has two large offices and a nursery for home grown trees and shrubs. 

The site at Noake Farm had several complex planning matters to overcome; being designated as Green Belt and having environmental, highway and drainage issues.  Following pre-application discussions, the scheme was reduced in scale to address visual impact, however officers remained of the view that the proposals constituted inappropriate development in the Green Belt with no ‘very special circumstances’.  

After successful lobbying, highlighting to the planning committee how important it was to keep the business in the area, Members overturned the officer’s recommendation and granted consent for the scheme.

For further information contact Angela Smedley on 01530 566576 or email here

Reservoir extension for Severn Trent Water

Planning permission was secured for an extension to the Hanchurch Reservoir to provide three new 15 Mega Litre reservoir cells. The application was unanimously approved by Members at Stafford Borough Council’s Planning Committee in July 2017. Fisher German worked collaboratively with Severn Trent and MMB (the design & build contractors) to develop the layout and appearance to minimise impact on its Green Belt designation. 

The proposed scheme is Severn Trent’s largest reservoir expansion project in its current 5-year programme of works and will serve the southern part of Stoke on Trent.  Fisher German continue to act for Severn Trent as retained Land and Planning consultants after successfully winning the contract earlier in 2017. 

For further information contact Sarah DeRenzy-Tomson on 01530 566578 or email here

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