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Application and Environmental Impact Assessment for land off Beavor Lane, Axminster

The Crown Estate

Planning application and EIA for for part of the east Axminster urban extension

Land off Beavor Lane, Axminster

Environmental Impact Assessments




Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

The project

The Crown Estate appointed Rapleys to promote, prepare and submit an environmental impact assessment (EIA) to accompany a hybrid planning application for circa 441 dwellings, local centre, associated blue and green infrastructure and a section of the north-south relief road to the east of Axminster. The EIA and application sits alongside two applications on adjoining land parcel submitted by Persimmon, which together will deliver the east Axminster urban extension and associated relief road envisaged by Strategy 20 of the adopted Local Plan.

The EIA service provided by Rapleys involved the appointment of technical consultants, preparation of the scoping opinion report, drafting of the non-technical Environmental Statement chapters and the socio-economic chapter, drafting the Non-Technical Summary, reviewing the consultants technical reports/chapters, managing and co-ordinating the consultant team alongside the master planners, editing and finalising the Environmental Statement.

Our solution

  • Early assessment of the site context assisted in identifying what were likely to be key environmental issues – notably landscape impact, topography, drainage and the increasingly topical problem of phosphate levels in the River Axe Special Area Of Conservation (SAC) – to ensure the scheme design took account of technical and environmental evidence and requirements
  • Project managing the consultant team to ensure all elements of the project were delivered efficiently and to a high standard.

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