Archive for December, 2014

Eric Pickles has just revised the rules on the provision of affordable housing so that small schemes of ten units or less no longer have to provide it.  The move also applies to other types of tariff based contributions on such small scale schemes. This has great potential for the small scale developer, helping to improve viability and encouraging the delivery of much needed housing.

However as with many of the government reforms and ’good news’ items, it’s not quite as straightforward as the headline announcements appear. There are size limitations and other checks and balances that blunt the delivery of what would otherwise be quite a bold step.

Our in depth experience and understanding in navigating the minefield of policy and guidance makes us aware of how potential limitations affect an application. Anyone who wants to take advantage of the relaxation will need to take professional advice. We would be happy to discuss these changes in further details with interested parties.

At Prism we are celebrating our latest anaerobic digestion success after planning consent was granted by Hambleton District Council, who approved an on-farm anaerobic digestion facility at New Mill Farm.

This is a renewable energy project primarily using fertiliser to produce both green energy and a nutrient rich, odourless fertiliser.  Our experience continues to show that the industry is regarded as a new, innovative form of development met with some trepidation from Planning Authorities and local communities.  As a result a great deal of reassurance is required to persuade people that they are safe and won’t impact on their lives.  That said, it is worthwhile noting that in our experience Hambleton District Council is probably the local planning authority most open to considering on farm anaerobic digestion schemes.

With this new decision, Prism have shown skills, knowledge and more importantly, experience of progressing a variety of anaerobic digestion schemes through the planning system, of varying scales and complexities from simple on-farm systems through to major food processing facilities. We have now also built up a formidable range of contacts in the AD technology and financial sector so that anybody thinking of undertaking anaerobic digestion couldn’t hope to meet a more experienced and well-positioned team.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are considering some form of AD project.