June 2016 means that hendeca ltd is celebrating its first year in business! It has been a great year and the case studies below provide just a glimpse of some of the commissions completed.

Coast Hill Farm Anaerobic Digestion Facility 
‘Emissions from agriculture, land use and forestry – mostly in the form of nitrous oxide and methane – made up around 9% of total emissions in 2009, but will account for an increasingly large share of overall UK greenhouse gas emissions as other sectors decarbonise over the next three decades. In order to meet our 2050 target, the agricultural sector will need to contribute to reducing emissions by adopting more efficient practices.’
The Vision for 2050, The Carbon Plan: delivering our low carbon future, 2011

Using farm yard manure and rotation crops from across the Manor Farm holding, this project delivers key priorities of European, national and local policy:
a.  achieving a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, within a focus sector (an agricultural project within an agricultural holding);
b.  enabling soil protection, and landscape and biodiversity enhancement through sustainable agriculture;
c.  facilitating opportunities in the rural economy; and
d.  providing a diverse, decentralised and renewable energy supply, after first meeting on-farm requirements.

The Coast Hill Farm AD Facility achieves these sustainability priorities whilst also complying with local policy as set out in the development plan.  Hendeca managed the technical team and prepared the suite of documents relevant to the planning case.

Halton Marshes Wet Grassland Scheme, Able Humber Ports Ltd
The HMWGS is proposed to facilitate the provision of the ecological habitats required as important elements of two, significant, planning consents: the Able Logistics Park (ALP); and the Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP). However, it also addresses the residual requirement of the South Humber Gateway Mitigation Strategy, which envisages two 20ha blocks of core wetland habitat being created in North Lincolnshire.  The project seeks to acheive a number of important ecological and hydrological priorities, providing functional habitat for European sites and the wading birds that visit.

Hendeca prepared both the planning statement and design and access statement.  ‘The Hendeca documents demonstrate a good understanding of what is a complex situation. These documents are comprehensive and easy to read.’  Natural England, consultation response, June 2016.

Preparation of development management policy for Minerals Local Plan, Worcestershire County Council 
Working closely with the Policy Team, hendeca has produced a full suite of development management policy for inclusion in the Minerals Local Plan.  A key focus for the commission was to incorporate green infrastructure in a practical and achievable manner, enabling sustainable development and a positive legacy from minerals working.