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This page provides a snapshot of some of the latest developments regarding our people and projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 January 2017: Limehouse Marina: Weetwood is delighted to have helped secure planning consent for an application at Limehouse Marina, London. Weetwood prepared a Flood Risk Assessment in support of the application for the change of use of 25 existing leisure moorings to residential moorings, along with the construction of associated facilities including a new cycle store.

4 February 2016: Leeds South Bank: Weetwood is proud to be providing flood risk and drainage support to regeneration specialist Citu for the major residential redevelopment of the former Hydro Aluminium Foundry between Clarence Road and the River Aire (the Left Bank scheme). THe Hydro site is opposite Citu's Low Fold scheme which, for which Weetwood helped secure full planning permission for 312 residential units in August 2015. As well as Citu's Left Bank scheme, Weetwood is also advisor to a major developer with a significant land holding in the Holbeck area of Leeds. For further details please contact Kevin Tilford.

31 January 2016: Weetwood is delighted to have helped secure Planning Permission for a large urban extension to Selby. The scheme includes proposals for over 850 new homes, local shops, a new primary school, public open space and children's play areas, new sports facilities and the relocation and enhancement of existing allotments. As part of the Section 106 agreement, the scheme will deliver a new access road from the A63 to open up a major employment site, affordable homes, and funding for the primary school and community facilities. Weetwood undertook a flood risk assessment of the site and developed a package of flood risk mitigation measures and also developed an exemplar scheme for sustainably draining surface water from the developed site based on source, site and regional control facilities. We also undertook an Environmental Impact Assessment of the water environment. For further details please contact Kevin Tilford.

18 November 2015: Weetwood is delighted to have helped secure planning consent for 270 new houses at Sherburn-in-Elmet. Using hydraulic modelling we demonstrated that the site is entirely in Flood Zone 1 culminating in a successful flood map challenge and then undertook a flood risk assessment, developed a SuDS based surface water drainage scheme, a foul water drainage scheme and undertook a multi-utilities assessment for the development (which included the development of a solution for a gas main crossing the site). For further details please contact Kevin Tilford.

29 June 2015: Weetwood has delivered another excellent CPD training course for Chester University on an Introduction to Flood Modelling. Course organiser Katharine Welsh said "The feedback was very positive and the participants all stated they found the course to be very valuable and well paced". For further details on our CPD courses please contact Rebecca Ellis (Mold Office).

26 September 2014: Planning Secured – Amberstone, Hailsham: Weetwood has helped secure planning permission for 47 dwellings with associated access and landscaping on a Greenfield site off Amberstone, Hailsham. The FRA recommended discharging surface water into a nearby watercourse via a Southern Water adopted sewer. As this watercourse ultimately discharges into the Pevensey Levels (a SSSI), it was crucial to ensure an appropriate number of SuDS features were incorporated to reduce the risk of pollutants reaching this area. Although the EA requested that a separate WFD assessment be undertaken to ensure the proposals would not adversely impact the Pevensey Levels, Weetwood successfully negotiated with them that the information contained with their ES Chapter was sufficient to address the requirements of the WFD without the need for a separate WFD assessment thus reducing the overall cost to the client. For further information, contact Hilary Ellis (Mold Office).

14 September 2014: Flood & Water Management Act (FWMA) - Schedule 3 (Sustainable Drainage): There is now a new delay relating to SuDS and the FWMA as the government has launched a fresh round of consultation. No date has been given for the final implementation with Defra simply stating that this new consultation will ‘build on the findings of previous industry consultations’; however it is understood that the government hopes to have the changes in place by spring 2015. The document says that the government wishes to consult on delivering SuDS through changes to the current planning regime. The consultation is now open (running from 12 September to 24 October 2014) and the aim is to resolve technical issues surrounding the use of SuDS and in particular find a way to agree the ongoing difficulties over how to effectively maintain SuDS once implemented. A copy of the consultation document is available here

2 September 2014: Weetwood is pleased to announce that, following a successful 10 week placement through the GO Wales initiative, Rhys Hughes will join us on a full time basis with effect from the 8 September 2014 as a Trainee Technical Engineer and will be based in the Mold Office.

2 September 2014: Planning Secured – The Callis, Ashby de la Zouch: Weetwood has helped secure planning permission for the redevelopment of a 1.7 hectare brownfield site in Ashby de la Zouch for 37 residential dwellings. Weetwood prepared a flood risk assessment and surface water statement. For further information, contact James Aldridge (Leeds Office).

2 September 2014: Planning Secured – Leighton Road, Ledburn: Weetwood has helped secure planning permission for the conversion of a public house to 3 no. residential dwellings. Weetwood prepared a flood risk assessment and undertook 1d/2d hydraulic modelling in order to successfully challenge the Environment Agency Flood Map. For further information, contact James Aldridge (Leeds Office).

28 August 2014: Planning Secured – Caravan Park, Hereford: Weetwood has helped secure planning permission for the siting of 12 additional static holiday caravans and the change of use of a paddock area to form an extension to the storage and maintenance yard at Poston Mill Caravan Park, Peterchurch, Hereford. The site is bounded to the south west by the River Dore and is located partially in Flood Zones 1, 2 and 3. The site is also potentially at risk of flooding from groundwater so appropriate measures were needed to mitigate the risk of flooding. For further information contact Hilary Ellis (Mold Office).

7 August 2014: Planning Secured – Industrial Development, Deeside: Weetwood has helped secure planning permission for 6 no. industrial/business buildings in Sandycroft, Deeside. The development site was located along the River Dee southern embankment in Flood Zone 3 (defended) and Weetwood undertook a Flood Consequences Assessment to demonstrate that the development could remain safe throughout its lifetime. Natural Resources Wales objected to the proposals on flood risk grounds; however, Flintshire County Council decided to side with Weetwood and granted planning permission in August 2014. For further information, contact either Rebecca Ellis (Mold Office) or Adam Edgerley (Mold Office).

7 July 2014: Exam Success - Well done and many congratulations to Rhys Hughes who has passed his degree in Natural Hazard Management and Geography with first class honours.

24 June 2014: New Recruit Weetwood is pleased to welcome Rhys Hughes to the team in Mold. Rhys joins us on a 10 week work placement through the Go Wales initiative, which we hope will provide a useful insight into the work we undertake and Rhys with invaluable work experience. Rhys joins us direct from his degree course in Natural Hazard Management and Geography, University of Chester.

15 May 2014: Planning Consent for a New Industrial Building, Lancaster: Weetwood’s Flood Risk Assessment for the development off Caton Road, Lancaster demonstrated that flood mitigation measures would ensure that the proposed Assembly and Parts Building would be safe for its lifetime without increasing flood risk in the locality. As a result, planning permission was granted in this ‘regeneration priority area’. For further information contact Claire Cornmell (Mold Office).

27 March 2014: 6,500 sq m Mixed Use Scheme in Worksop receives greenlight: The regeneration of the former Vesuvius industrial site has been given the go-ahead by Bassetlaw District Council. The scheme entails a mix of commerical uses, a food store and petrol filling station. The decision was informed by a watercourse modelling study, a drainage strategy and a flood risk assessment prepared by Weetwood. For further information contact Claire Cornmell (Mold Office).

27 March 2014: Planning Conditions Discharged - 122 Residential Dwelling Development: Following consultations with Welsh Water Dwyr Cymru, Natural Resources Wales and Flintshire County Council, Weetwood has secured the discharge of planning conditions relating to surface water, foul drainage and flood risk, enabling the redevelopment of a former timber and joinery site in Mold. For further information contact Claire Cornmell (Mold Office).

27 March 2014: Planning Secured – Rowley Regis: Weetwood has helped secure planning permission for the redevelopment of a 5.3 hectare brownfield site in Rowley Regis for up to 205 residential dwellings and 494m2 of commercial space. Weetwood prepared a flood risk assessment and surface water drainage scheme. For further information, contact James Aldridge (Leeds Office)

23 January 2014: Planning Secured - Strategic Mixed Use Development, Selby: Weetwood has helped secure outline/full planning permission for a mixed use urban extension in Selby. The development, which is located in Flood Zone 3 (defended) will comprise of 863 dwellings, public house/restaurant, retail and fast food outlets, new primary school, community hub and associated leisure facilities and access roads. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, Weetwood undertook an environmental impact assessment, flood risk assessment and developed a surface water drainage strategy. Weetwood was involved in extensive public and stakeholder engagement. For further information, contact Dr Kevin Tilford (Director)

23 January 2014: Planning Secured - Huddersfield: Weetwood has helped secure outline planning permission for the redevelopment of a 2.2 hectare brownfield site in Hudderfield for new campus buildings through the production of a flood risk assessment and surface water drainage scheme. For further information, contact Dr Keely Bonser (Leeds Office)

Flood & Water Management Act - Schedule 3 (Sustainable Drainage): Dan Rogerson, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State suggested on 6 January 2014 that Government was unlikely to implement Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act by April 2014. He said, “Regrettably, it is looking increasingly unlikely that we will be in a position to ensure that the scheme comes into force this April, which was our preferred date for implementation as stated previously”. He went on to say “… I remain committed to introducing the legislation at the earliest opportunity. For more details click here

December 2013 Promotions: Congratulations to Dr Claire Cornmell (Mold Office) on her promotion to Associate Director, Adam Edgerley (Mold Office) on his promotion to Senior Technical Engineer and James Aldridge (Leeds Office) on his promotion to Assistant Project Manager.

23 December 2013: Congratulations to Hilary Ellis (Mold Office) on becoming a full member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

27 November: MSc Success: Congratulations to Dr Keely Bonser (Leeds Office) on gaining a Distinction on the Leeds University MSc in River Basin Dynamics and Management with GIS programme.

15th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: The 25 September 2013 saw Weetwood reach its 15th year. To mark the event, staff and partners attended a champagne reception and celebratory meal at the Grosvenor Hotel, Chester. Weetwood looks forward to the next 15 years!

20 November 2013: Planning Secured - 140 Residential Dwelling Development: Weetwood has helped secure outline planning permission for a 4 hectare brownfield site in Eccles, Manchester. For further information, contact James Aldridge (Leeds Office).

11 November 2013: Planning Secured - 425 Residential Dwelling Development: Weetwood has helped secure planning permission for a Greenfield site off Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury through the production of a Flood Risk Assessment and Environmental Statement chapter. The FRA included hydraulic modelling of Rad Brook and two ordinary watercourses in order to direct development away from flood risk areas. The FRA also assessed other potential sources of flood risk and presented an outline surface water drainage strategy based on sustainable drainage, including the use of detention basins and retention ponds throughout the development. For further information, contact Claire Cornmell (Mold Office).

10 October 2013: Environment Impact Assessments: Weetwood is a major provider of EIA services and has completed seven Environmental Statement chapters in the last 12 months, including for a major pipeline, windfarm, residential and mixed used developments (including a sustainable urban extension for 4,500 homes and 3 schools). For further information, contact Kevin Tilford (Leeds Office).

16 September 2013: Weetwood is delighted to welcome Keely Bonser as a Senior Technical Engineer to our Leeds Office. Keely has recently completed an MSc in Catchment Dynamics and Management with GIS at Leeds University and will help deliver a range of technical services including flood risk assessments and Environmental Impact Assessments.

August 2013: Congratulations to Yeshentha Naidoo (Leeds Office) on her promotion to Senior Technical Engineer and to Adam Edgerley (Mold Office) for sucessfully moving from a temporary contract to a permanent Technical Engineer position.

July 2013: Flintshire Business Week (October 2013). This flagship event helps promote the business community in Flintshire and supports knowledge sharing and innovation. The 2013 programme has been developed with the needs of local business in mind and the emphasis will be on assisting businesses to grow and succeed in these challenging economic times. The Launch Event for the 2013 Flintshire Business Week at Soughton Hall on 25 July 2013 was attended by Rebecca Ellis, Weetwood Associate Director. Highlights from the event can be viewed from this link.

May 2013: New Leeds Office: Weetwood is delighted to announce that it has now moved into new and larger offices at 41 St Paul's Street, Leeds.

April 2013: Bow Creek (River Lea), London: Weetwood has recently provided advice on a project to "green" 300m of steeply sloping, concrete revetment alongside Bow Creek, the tidal part of the River Lee in Bow. Thames21, a charity that works with communities to improve rivers, canals, ponds and lakes across Greater London, required technical assistance with the specification and fixing of 3m square pallets containing sedge impregnated coir matting. Weetwood also advised on the Environment Agency consent application, suitably experienced contractors, quotations and contractual matters and subsequently supervised the works.

February 2013: Kinmel Bay, Conwy A decision to grant planning permission for 100 residential dwellings within Kinmel Bay was made at planning committee on 13 February 2013. This represents a huge step forward in resolving the historic planning constraints relating to flood risk, which have prohibited new residential development in Kinmel Bay, Towyn and Pensarn since August 2007. Weetwood produced a Flood Consequences Assessment (FCA) in support of the planning application, which demonstrated that the site could be developed safely based on current day scenarios. If the application is called in this should ensure that the funding position regarding future flood defence improvements in the area is finally clarified to the benefit of existing and future residents.

February 2013: WFD Assessments & River Restoration Weetwood has sucessfully completed a survey of over 400 km of artificial and heavily modified water bodies and six targeted Transitional and Coastal water bodies across north-west England and proposed measures to reduce or remove the negative impacts from flood risk management activities, navigation and urbanisation. The work helps fulfil the requirements of the Water Framework Directive. Click here for more information.

February 2013: Odour Issues Resolved As consultant to the team promoting a strategic development site in North Yorkshire, Weetwood has resolved the possible constraints to development arising from an adjacent sewage treatment works. A conceptual air dispersion model using typical odour emissions was used in negotiations with the water company to secure agreement to the developer's aspirations for the site and ensure developable area was maximised.

February 2013: LDF Representations Weetwood has been commissioned to promote two large development sites in North Wales in order to secure allocation at the impending EIP. The key issues will be addressing coastal flood risk and establishing the principle of redevelopment and regeneration of communities currently blighted by flood risk. Position statements will cover adaptation to flood risk based on sound evidence and innovative solutions. Watch this space!

January 2013: Site Promotion Weetwood is currently involved in promoting around 1,500 ha of development opportunities to realise 20,000 homes and 10 schools as well as community centres, offices, industrial areas and other local facilities. This is being done through both direct planning applications and the LDF process. We are also helping one of the top four national food retailers to secure planning permission for new supermarkets at six locations across England and Wales, over 200,000 sq ft of new retail space!

January 2013: Welcome Back Weetwood is delighted to welcome back Dr Claire Cornmell (Mold Office) following a period of maternity leave. We are delighted to have Claire back and know that many of our clients will be equally thrilled.

December 2012: Congratulations to Hilary Ellis (Mold Office) on her promotion to Project Manager, James Aldridge (Leeds Office) on his promotion to Senior Technical Engineer and Adam Edgerley (Mold Office) on his six month appointment as Technical Engineer.

November 2012: Promotions to Associate Director In recognition of their exceptional contribution to Weetwood over the years, Rebecca Ellis (Mold Office) and Jenny Cavill (Leeds Office) have been promoted to Associate Director. Congratulations to them both.

October 2012: Flintshire Business Awards Andrew Grime and Kevin Tilford represented Weetwood at the annual Flintshire Business Awards in Northop where Weetwood had been shortlisted for the sustainability award.