To enable the development of this site to achieve a more workable and viable facility, a new Planning Application has been submitted on 31 May 2013 to Walsall Council. See summary details and key documents below:
Key benefits compared to current planning permission
- Construction jobs with a peak of circa 250
- Improved architectural design of building
- Inclusion of facilities to enable visitors and tours of the site
- Opportunities for education and training
- Increased screening and planting along the canal
- Additional wildflower meadow landscaping
- Additional environmental features such as electric vehicle charging points
- Increased capital investment and therefore local regeneration opportunities
- The potential for local heat and power users
Vehicles related to the development will arrive from the south of Fryers Road. The waste reception operations will occur during the period 0730 – 1900 hours Monday to Friday and 0730 – 1300 hours on Saturdays. These movements are unlikely to occur during traditional peak periods. Furthermore, the vehicles are not necessarily new to the area, as some of the vehicles are already servicing local businesses.
Background traffic counts at the Leamore Lane/Fryers Road junction indicate that there are approximately 934 vehicular movements on some arms during the AM peak period and 969 movements during the PM peak period. The proposed development is unlikely to generate any HGV traffic during the AM and PM peak periods.
The aim of the building design is to compliment the industrial estate and provide a more high-tech business park feel. One feature has been to enhance the canal walkway views and create wild meadow planting throughout to encourage greater biodiversity in the local area.
The approvals process
As part of the Planning Application, various specialist studies are undertaken by qualified experts to ensure the proposals are robust, appropriate and do not cause harm, or undue nuisance to neighbours be they business, residential or wildlife during construction and operation. These include: ecology, flood, existing site contamination, noise, dust, odour, traffic, air quality and health. To operate the facility as well as planning permission from the local planning authority, various approvals and permits will need to be obtained from the Environment Agency before the facility becomes operational.
Non Technical Summary 130530 EIA – NTS -FINAL SUBMITTED
Design & Access Statement Design and Access Final – May 2013
Planning Statement 130530 – Planning Statement FINAL SUBMITTED
General Questions & Answers Q&A June 13 FINAL