Planning, permitting and business success

Planning, permitting and business success

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Seeing the evidence of our clients’ success is extremely satisfying especially when you know you had a small part to play in helping them reach their goals.

I had a great excuse to go and visit one of our clients to show Charlotte (15), who’s completing her work experience week, a great example of a local waste transfer site. Charlotte admitted that she didn’t know what happened to waste once it had been put into a skip and I imagine this is typical of most people. She was in for a treat.

AR Richards, based near Market Drayton, is a waste contractor and builders merchant. E4 environment first starting working with them back in the early 2000’s. At this stage they operated out of their yard at the back of the house. E4 helped them to get their environmental permits to allow them to legally collect and store inert waste. They found that they could add value to the products they collected by sorting and screening it and selling back to builders for landscaping or construction. The business grew.

Before long they realised that the yard was too small and they needed to relocate. Andrew Richards (Director) came to us one day to say they had found a potential site but wanted a second opinion on it. What were their chances of getting planning permission and permits? Locating a waste site is never easy but this site looked pretty good. We set about getting the planning permission and permits they needed to open a waste transfer site. Waste from skips would be accepted and sorted and sent out for reuse or recycling or sold on through their builders merchant business.

Some 10 years on from the first meeting, A R Richards has continued to grow rapidly and has recently started operating out of its newest site located at an ex potato packaging site. The large warehouses and cleaning facilities have been ideal to convert into waste tipping, sorting and baling areas. Again, we were involved in applying for planning permission – drawing up plans, completing an environmental impact assessment and liaising with the environment agency to secure an environmental permit.

Today the site is a busy, well run, tidy site. It is contributing a really important part of the circular economy by taking waste and putting 98% back into use as a product or resource. There’s nothing nicer than feeling satisfied with the work you’ve done.

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