Friday, 8 March 2019

Daylight Study - Gloucester

Southwest Environmental Limited have recently completed a Daylight Study for a site in Gloucester. The study included for an assessment of daylighting impact from a proposed development, on existing neighbouring sites as part of the planning application.




The VSC calculations were carried out, and it was shown the the proposed building did not cause more than the recommended 20% reduction in VSC at assessed windows.

If you would like to discussing daylighting please call the office, we can talk for free or provide a quote for a formal study.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Waste to Land Feasibility Study - Devon

Waste to Land Feasibility Study - Devon


Southwest Environmental Limited have recently carried out a Feasibility Study for a Company wishing to apply waste to land. The study was based around determining the amount of waste that could be applied to land for a given benefit.

The process includes using desktop data to build a hypothetical soil condition, and a hypothetical waste composition., These values are then used with nutrient allowance from RB209 to give a allowable tonnage of waste per hectare.



The study is conducted in light of applying for require permissions. There are two requirements for spreading waste to land. Firstly a permit, and secondly a deployment consent.

In order to achieve a successful application for deployment, many factor must be considered the most important of which is proving the waste is a recovery operation to the enforcer (The EA), if this cannot be done then the whole process is doomed from the outset.

Monday, 11 February 2019

Desktop Study - Wotton-under-Edge

Desktop Study - Wotton-under-Edge

Southwest Environmental Limited have been commissioned to write a Desktop Study for a Site in Wotton-under-Edge.

Wotton-under-Edge is a market town within the Stroud district of Gloucestershire, England. Located near the southern end of the Cotswolds, the Cotswold Way long-distance footpath passes through the town. Standing on the B4058 Wotton is about 5 miles from the M5 motorway.



The proposed development is an extension to a property, and is adjacent to some in-filled land. This has flagged the requirement for a Site Contamination Assessment, the first stage of which is a Desktop Study. We aim to deliver the report on a 5 Working Days turnaround.




We are happy to discuss you site free of charge over the phone, so please give us a call. We try to be as quick as possible, and if you require a report quickly please say and we will do our best to get it to you for your required deadline. 

Contaminated Land Land Advice



Desktop Study - Leeds

Desktop Study - Leeds

Southwest Environmental Limited have recently issued a Geotechnical Desktop Study for a site in Leeds. The report followed our typical format for a Geotechnical Desktop Study including sections on:

  • Site Information
  • Land Use
  • Geology
  • Ground Stability Issues
  • Mining History
  • Review of Legacy Borehole Data 
In this instance we were asked to provide climate data and earth quake (seismic) data. It is interesting for us when we asked to vary or reports! As we do get a l;little tired of following the same format time and time again.

Earth Quakes in the UK


The largest known British earthquake occurred near the Dogger Bank in 1931, with a magnitude of 6.1. Fortunately, it was 60 miles offshore but was still powerful enough to cause minor damage to buildings on the east coast of England. The most damaging UK earthquake was in the Colchester area in 1884. The BGS publish a map of seismic reflection which we used to find a value for the design. 

Climatic Variation 


There are of course good records for climate data in the UK, however we need to add allowances for climate change these are then added on to modelled variances, whether these be historic maximum values or modelled outcomes.


Monday, 28 January 2019

Flood Risk Assessment - Devon

 Flood Risk Assessment - Devon


Southwest Environmental Limited have been commissioned to undertake a Flood Risk Assessment for two lake side holiday lodges, in Devon.

We were approached by Architects who provided plans and fave a description of the proposed development for 2 holiday lodges situate don the edge of a Lake.

This type of development is becoming very popular as it is the 3rd FRA we have prepared for such a development in the Southwest, in recent months.

A Pond

Perhaps the single most important factor is the likely flood depth. For this we have two sources, one being slightly quicker than the other which was used in this instance because the report was required on a quick turnaround.

Southwest Environmental Limited have prepared Flood Risk Assessments for a large variety of developments from small houses, to factories and 200 home developments, we provide the same high level of services to all clients regardless of project value. 




Thursday, 17 January 2019

Travel Plan - Wigan

Travel Plan - Wigan

Southwest Environmental Limited have been commissioned to write two travel plans for sites in Wigan. The plans relate to the upgrade of sports facilities within the Wigan area. 


The travel plan draws on data from a transport assessment, and and makes recommendation for target reductions in cars based transport with increases in sustainable transport methods such as walking. 

Did you know that 800m is considered a maximum reasonable walking distance when assessing Transport.  

The reports are currently being written and will be submitted to Wigan Council for review, and hopefully approval!

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Transport Assessment - Thurrock

Transport Assessment - Thurrock


Southwest Environmental Limited have recently been engaed to undertake a Transport Assessment for a School in Thurrock District Council

The Transport Assessment is to support a Planning Application for extension for a school. The extension includes numerous new class rooms as well as associated site layout improvements.

The transport assessment will include a baseline study, junction modelling and an assessment oif routes to and from the school.

SWEL have prepared numerous transport assessments in Thurrock, and can normally produce reports of this nature on a quick turn around.

We would be happy to discuss you project with you by phone or email. There is a no charge until we agree a fee for our services.