24 November 2010
Jobs in Liverpool have been protected by planning experts from global infrastructure and advisory services specialists, WYG, who helped secure Hartley Travel’s future.
Hartley Travel, a mini-bus and coach hire company based in Hartley Village, Liverpool can now operate lawfully after WYG, who was brought in to provide planning and transport services to the company, helped gain approval for the business to continue trading out of its depot.
Bethany Burton, Associate Planning & Design, WYG said: “When we were approached by Hartley Travel the business had been trading out of its main depot on the Hartley Village site since acquiring the units in 2008. Unfortunately full exploration into the site’s planning history and lawful use upon acquisition of the site was not undertaken by Hartley Travel. This led to the company needing to put in a retrospective planning application, to Liverpool County Council, for the use of the premises as a coach/bus depot with ancillary repairs and maintenance.
“With the experience WYG holds through the team of planning and transport experts this was a relatively simple application, but with the depot operating close to family homes this posed some constraints. Close consultation with the owners was required and it became apparent that conditions controlling the management and operation of the premises would need to be accepted.”
Liverpool’s planning committee agreed the application with the additional conditions that the workshop be sound proofed and extractor fans put in to deal with fumes. Other areas incorporated were the installation of an acoustic barrier, electric gates and CCTV system, and requiring compliance with a noise management plan.
Hartley Travel’s application was also supported by the Federation of Small businesses.
Bethany continued: “There was a genuine belief the units Hartley were operating from had planning permission, but that the company had been misinformed prior to being in touch with WYG. I am pleased that the outcome has been a positive one and that all those involved could be accommodated.”
Gary Stewart, Operations Manager, Hartley Travel said: “It has been a difficult year for us with the planning application hanging over us. We would like to thank WYG and those that have supported us throughout this time and we are delighted with the outcome. We can now start looking forward to the businesses future.”
Hartley Travel has over 35 employees supplying specialised transport services. It has contracts with local authorities to supply school buses, and given that its vehicles are wheelchair accessible, it also provides services for a number of public sector organisations and charities where there is a need to transport people with impaired mobility.
Photo caption: Liverpool city centre