53 Space Car Park at Normanton le Heath

Planning permission was received on 19th September for the construction of an access road and 53 space car park at Normanton le Heath in Leicestershire.

EAS has worked on behalf of the Woodland Trust and this car park will form the main access for their ‘Diamond Wood’, which is the flagship site in the overall Jubilee slotmaskiner online Woods project. Diamond Wood will be planted with 500,000 trees over the coming years and it is expected that 60,000 visitors will attend each year. EAS are now tendering the construction of the car park and it is planned that work will commence in the next few months. To find out more about the Jubilee Woods project see http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/jubilee-woods/about/flagship-wood/Pages/our-flagship-wood.aspx

Bablake School Judicial Review finds in favour of residents action group assisted by EAS

EAS director, Paul Silcock, recently provided highways expert advice on behalf of the Birmingham High Court at the nine day judicial review into the Coventry School Foundation’s bid to build a new 400 pupil Bablake primary school on its sports fields in Coundon, Coventry.   Paul worked with the Law Partnership Solicitors LLP and Mike O’Brien QC, the former government minister and MP for North Warwickshire.  Mike O’Brien said “As an expert witness Paul Silcock gave crucial evidence in this case in a way that clearly influenced the outcome. He was a strong and reliable witness.”

The case centred on the traffic impact associated with the proposed new school.  Although the school had been granted planning permission by Coventry Borough Council, local residents benefited from a restrictive covenant, preventing development of the sports fields if it would adversely impact upon them.  The residents action group brought Paul Silcock in as a highway’s expert witness to help advise the High Court on parking and traffic issues.  Following the nine day review, the judge, His Honour Simon Barker QC, decided in the residents’ favour and in the course of his judgement said “In my judgment, Mr Silcock’s evidence provides the more reliable guidance for the court on traffic and parking management.”

Tomworld receives planning permission for an additional 9ha of glasshouses

Tomworld received planning permission on the 23rd August for an additional 9ha of glasshouse area at their Nazeing site. This follows permission for 3ha received in March 2012. EAS prepared the site layout, drainage design, Flood Risk Assessment, Transport Assessment and Earthworks Statement as part of the planning application and are now working on the detailed design with construction due to start next year. To deal with both an increase in surface water runoff and to meet the crop irrigation requirements by rainwater harvesting, a reservoir is planned and has been designed online casino to store up to a 1 in 100 year annual probability rainfall event, with climate change.

For more information on the Tomworld project please click here

If you would like more information on the services provided by EAS to Tomworld please call Stephen Adams on 01920 871777 or email stephen.adams@eastp.co.uk.

Cambridge Mosque Planning Permission Granted


The Planning Committee of the Cambridge City Council has accepted the advice of the Chief Planning Officer and has voted to approve the plans for the proposed mosque capable of holding 1000 people at any one time.

‘This is wonderful news for Cambridge,’ said Professor Tim Winter, Chair of the  Muslim Academic Trust, who has been leading the project since the site was bought in April 2008. ‘Cambridge is one of Britain’s great international cities, welcoming thousands of overseas students and academics every year, many of them of Muslim heritage. It’s tragic that there is still no significant purpose-built mosque to accommodate this community. Oxford has four purpose-built mosques, but Cambridge has been lagging far behind. Muslims often have to pray on the streets outside the makeshift prayer rooms which are currently being used. Now a solution is in sight.’

An innovative feature of the development is its ambition to become Britain’s first significant ‘eco-mosque’. A range of sustainable features, including heat pumps, casino online water recycling, natural ventilation and lighting, and a sedum roof, will make the structure a symbol of national excellence in environmentally-responsible engineering. Biodiversity will be supported through various measures, including the provision of nesting areas for local bird species.

EAS has been working on this project since the beginning of 2011 and has undertaken a range of work including preparation of a detailed Transport Assessment with associated traffic modelling, a Green Travel Plan, a Flood Risk Assessment and drainage strategy and also input into the air quality assessment.

For more information on the services provided by EAS to the Muslim Academic Trust, please call Patrick Eggenton on 01920 871777 or email patrick.eggenton@eastp.co.uk

Heartwood Forest in bloom

The route of Heartwood Forest access road designed and overseen by EAS, has had an eruption of poppies to the delight of recent visitors!

Tring Car Park

EAS have submitted a planning application for a car park on behalf of the Natural History Museum Tring and the Woodland Trust. The car park will serve visitors to the museum and to Tring Park. Tring Park is famous for its link to Lord Rothschild who rode a carriage pulled by Zebras through the surrounding roads and lanes. Lord Rothschild’s collection of online casino exotic animals was kept in Tring Park and many of these are now preserved and housed at Tring Museum.

The site for the car park is Dawes Meadow which has a Green Belt designation and is a county wildlife site. A previous application for a car park was approved at the same site in 2003 but never built. The current proposal has the same area of footprint as the previous application but has been laid out to maximise parking space numbers. EAS are working closely with the Natural History Museum, The Woodland Trust and the Local Authority to deliver a suitable scheme.

For more information please contact Patrick Eggenton on 01920 871777 or patrick.eggenton@eastp.co.uk

See also http://www.nhm.ac.uk/tring/index.html and, http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/our-woods/Pages/wood-details.aspx?wood=4675

Eye Development Brief gains momentum

EAS are providing transport, highways, drainage and infrastructure advice as part of a team of consultants led by Core Connections for the WW2 Eye airfield site for promotion as industrial and business park uses.

In the past the site has been developed in an ad-hoc way without any clear co-ordination. As such the Development Brief aims to promote a co-ordinated approach to development on the airfield, to achieve sustainable proposals that meet the needs of the surrounding rural area.

The Development Brief is now in its draft phase following a successful second public consultation meeting held at the Cornwallis hotel, where more than 50 local businesses, residents and councillors helped to shape the brief.

Councillor Tim Passmore, Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, said: “The economic development of the Eye Airfield, and its hinterland, is crucial to economic prosperity in the northern area of Mid Suffolk.
“This council has economic growth at the top of its agenda as a means of creating excellent employment opportunities for our residents. We wish to attract high quality developments that are world class and are making a significant contribution to the county as a whole.

“At the same time we will be balancing the needs of sustainability and preserving the fabric of the surrounding village communities.

“The well-attended meeting was an important start for this significant and exciting initiative and we all look forward to completing the development brief within 12 months.”

EAS are currently reviewing the access, drainage and infrastructure requirements of this large strategic employment site. Green Infrastructure forms a large part of the development brief and includes SuDS drainage proposals that mimic natural drainage patterns.

For further information please contact Stephen Adams 01920 871777 or stephen.adams@eastp.co.uk, and Paul Silcock on 01926 746820 or paul.silcock@eastp.co.uk

See also: http://www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/News/EyeAirfield.htm


EAS are pleased to launch the new website, built by Lemongrass Media

The launch of the new website coincides with our 6th anniversary and the end of our most successful year to date!

EAS has worked on some varied and interesting projects over the past 6 years and this is reflected by the images on the home page and our projects case studies.

The services slots page illustrates the wide range of services that EAS can offer each client to facilitate their development; and we hope the website reflects the roles of the three directors and the client care that can be offered by EAS as a small consultancy.

We hope you enjoy the website, any comments or suggestions please contact Stephen Adams on 01920 871777 or stephen.adams@eastp.co.uk