One of our fantastic apprentices, Charles Hague is a finalist for Apprentice of the Year in the Barnsley College Student Awards 2019. Good luck for the 27th June Charlie.
Charles joined Enzygo just over 6 months ago as part as of an apprenticeship at Barnsley College. He has settled in well at Enzygo working with our hydrology and drainage team to produce a range of drawings and working on college apprenticeship. Charles has a great work ethic and produces some fantastic work. We wish him all the best.
At Enzygo we believe strongly in our Corporate Social Responsibility to work with schools, engaging in the Barnsley region, through the Enterprise Adviser Partnership, working with schools to link what-we-do as a business to the schools curriculum.
Kirk Balk, Academy Student talks about how it helps her as a student and Angela Dakin, CEIAG Coordinator explains the benefits developing students and teaching them employability skills.
Matt Travis explains Enzygo’s social responsibility as a business, which come from some of their larger bids and working with schools and The Diana Award, helping bring on future employees. This helps Enzygo comply with their social responsibility and raising their contract values.
This was a great experience for students helping raise aspirations and helping young people prepare for work.
Consultation on changes to the Standard Rules available for Flood Risk Activity Permits has recently been held by the Environment Agency. The outcome of the consultation results in the first changes to the Standard Rules set since their introduction in 2016.
Whilst most conditions of the Standard Rules remain unchanged, the screening restrictions for both excavations and habitat structures has been relaxed, reducing the downstream screening distance for a European designated nature conservation site, Sites of special scientific interest (SSSI) or National Nature Reserve from 500m to 100m.
The EA has also sought to limit the cost implications for some applicants by reducing bespoke permit costs for many environmental works. The Environment Agency have also committed to further engagement with NGO and environmental organisations to investigate further which activities could come under standard rules.
The revised Standard Rules are due to be published shortly; if you would like to discuss the applicability of these permits for your activity, or to understand Flood Risk Activity Permits in more depth, feel free to contact our permitting team at Enzygo.
From 6th April 2016, anyone wishing to carry out works on, or near, main rivers or sea defences that might impact on flood risk is required to seek prior consent from the Environment Agency or Natural Resources Wales.
To help you interpret the new rules, Enzygo has produced an easy-to-understand guide that explains the key changes and the subsequent new requirements that you may need to take.
We have particular expertise in providing flooding and hydrological services and so we would recommend that you consult with us first to ensure that you receive the best possible advice.
Enzygo offers a full range of Hydrological and Flood Risk Services including:
Flood Risk Assessment;
Flood Risk Modelling;
Sequential and Exception Test;
Business Continuity Flood Assessment;
Flood Warning and Evacuation Plans;
Produce Environmental Permit Application for Flood Risk Activity and supporting documentation including reports, risk assessments and drawings; and
Produce a risk-appropriate EMS to support your Flood Risk Activity Environmental Permit Application and operations post-permit issue.
Prior to 6th April 2016 permitting was achieved though Flood Discharge Consents but, from this date onwards, these works will now fall under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2016.
You may need to apply for an Environmental Permit for flood risk activities if you do work:
In, under, over or near a main river (including where the river is in a culvert)
On or near a flood defence on a main river
In the flood plain of a main river
On or near a sea defence
The Land Drainage Act 1991 still remains in place and you will still need to apply to the IDB or Local Authority for works on ordinary watercourses.
Pupils learnt about Enzygo, the opportunities available to them as well as taking part in a fun activity provided by the employees. They answered questions about what they wanted to be when they were younger, how they got into the industry and the qualifications and skills needed for their job. 100% of the pupils said it improved their understanding of how to get into different careers and motivated them to work harder at school.
SFAC is one of Enzygo’s chosen charities which Enzygo continue helps support for their great work with children in orphanages. Over the past few weeks Enzygo have helping to develop their brand by creating marketing material. Creating graphics for postcards, social media and letterheads.
SFAC is only a small charity and Enzygo are happy to develop their marketing material for their great work as a charity.
Enzygo’s landscape team help Ainscough Strategic Land and Bellway Homes secure approval, on appeal, for a 227-home masterplan at Dane Valley, Northwich
DESIGN plans for a housing development on the Dane Valley have been approved on appeal by the government’s planning inspectorate.
The reserved matters plan – the blueprint showing exactly how 227 homes on the site will take shape – was rejected by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning committee in May against officers’ advice, but has now been overturned.
Councillors had rejected the Ainscough Strategic Land/Bellway Homes plan due to concerns over the design quality, which they felt would not achieve the standard of initial proposals given outline planning approval in 2014.
Outline planning consent – with an upper limit of 242 homes and an initial suggestion of 187 – covered including issues such as flooding, which were not considered by the planning inspector in his report published on March 21.
Design plan for the Dane Valley housing development
The inspector, Mr S J Lee, pointed out that CWAC’s reason for refusal in May did ‘not refer to any conflict with the development plan’.
Referring to a three-storey apartment block that makes up part of the plans, Mr Lee said: “In my view, the design would complement that of the housing and would not be of a scale or prominence that would cause harm to the character of the area or, in the context of the overall development, views across the valley.
“While I acknowledge that some may prefer the design of the earlier proposal, this is not a reason to withhold permission in this case.”
The development is set to take place on the western side of the Dane Valley, backing onto Withington Avenue and Bollington Avenue with proposed access from London Road.
Town and borough councillors had united to oppose the plans, and call for the 2014 design promises to be upheld before the decision was appealed.
Cllr Andrew Cooper said: “We are extremely disappointed that the inspector has come to the decision he has. We were hoping for a different result but we are where we are.
“Having read the report it’s clear that the big problem was the initial approval [in 2014]. There are a lot of things that you might like to criticise the scheme for, but because it was approved before the adoption of the Local Plan and five-year housing supply, we are stuck with the original approval and it’s very difficult to try and overturn that.
“That’s reflected in the report. We’re disappointed that he hasn’t agreed with our comments to do with the impact on the views over the Dane Valley and in our view the application doesn’t conform to the design guide we produced.
“We will continue to try to work with whoever picks up the planning permission, to reduce the impact on residents.”
The approximate development site within the Dane Valley, with London Road access
Cllr Helen Weltman, CWAC member for the area, spoke against the application in May, saying: “To preserve and enhance the [Dane Valley] views we need a bespoke development which meets the design code.
“Instead this application has generic properties which could be found anywhere.”
The CWAC case also made reference to a change in the council’s housing land supply since outline permission was granted in 2014, although Mr Lee said that did not alter the fact that permission already exists.
He added: “Any matters relating to the principle of development, including issues relating to flooding and biodiversity, are outside the scope of the appeal.
“The fact that permission has already been granted for development in this location indicates that such matters can be adequately addressed and/or are subject to existing conditions.”