Doolittle Mill Farm, Ampthill

Paul Basham Associates were pleased to provide a wide range of services to support our client’s application for an extension to their chicken processing and packaging facility in Central Bedfordshire, alongside Woods Hardwick.

The Brief

In response to pre-application advice, we were asked to assist in demonstrating the suitability of the existing access road to support the anticipated increase in vehicle movements. A Travel Plan was also requested, focusing on staff movements.

Central Bedfordshire Council also required a Flood Risk Assessment and a Drainage Strategy to support the application.

Our Approach

Following a site visit to observe the existing operation of the business and fully appreciate the context of the local road network, we liaised with the client to establish existing vehicle movements and estimate future movements based on business projections. This enabled a first principles approach to be taken to quantify the impact of the scheme, and also the additional parking requirements. Articulated vehicle tracking was undertaken to inform the development of the internal site layout, whilst a Travel Plan focusing on staff trips was developed in conjunction with the client and project team.

The Flood Risk Assessment illustrated a very low chance of the site being flooded by rivers, surface water, ground water or artificial sources. As the impermeable area on the site was not increasing, the initial Drainage Strategy was based on connecting to the existing surface and foul water sewers. The design included the relocation of pollution control measures such as fat traps to prevent the existing sewers from being negatively impacted.

The Result

We were delighted to hear that the planning application was approved under delegated powers in March 2020 and are pleased to have played a part in supporting the future of our client’s business.