Case Studies

Here are some examples of projects worked on by H Fraser Consulting

Hydrogeological Expert Witness

Hydro expert witness

Hannah Fraser was called in as an expert witness at an inquiry into a planning application for an incinerator ash processing plant in Buckfastleigh, Devon.

The original planning application to use the quarry to dump ash from a proposed nearby incinerator had been refused and the applicant, MVV Energie appealed. Buckfastleigh Community Forum took steps to defend the decision, asking Hannah Fraser to produce a report and give evidence to the appeal hearing.

Her report highlighted deficiencies the in hydrogeological conceptual model put forward by the appellant, and argued that the proposed activity was a waste disposal activity rather than a waste recovery operation.

The refusal decision was upheld, thanks in part to her evidence.

Contaminated Land AssessmentContaminated Land Assessment, Part 2A

Hannah Fraser was instructed to provide a Part 2A assessment of a rural property affected by historical lead smelting and dyeing works.

Receptors at the site included residents, livestock (ducks, chickens and horses), a river bordering the property, and the Coal Measures Secondary Aquifer.

She did assessments on the risks to human health, controlled waters and livestock to help the local council decide whether or not to determine the site as Contaminated Land.

Qualifed Person Claire Code of PracticeQualified Person, CL:AIRE Code of Practice

The CL:AIRE Defintion of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice requires that developers prepare a materials management plan (MMP) for their site, so that waste materials that are suitable for re-use can be re-defined as non-waste, and re-used on site without a waste management licence.

A Qualified Person must sign off the MMP, and Hannah Fraser is a registered QP who provides QP services to a range of developer clients, their consultants and agents.


Controlled Water Risk AssessmentControlled waters risk assessment

A development site in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, was subject to planning conditions, which required that a remediation strategy be developed for the site.

Hannah Fraser undertook a controlled waters risk assessment and developed remedial targets for soils which were protective of local controlled waters receptors.

Soil concentrations did not exceed remedial targets, indicating that remediation was not required to protect controlled waters.


An environmental consultancy required training in controlled waters risk assessment to allow them to offer an improved service to their developer clients.

Hannah Fraser developed and delivered a bespoke 2 day training course, and followed up the training with some on-the job support to the environmental consultancy team. Improved progress with regulatory negotiations were noted as a result.

Soils validation

Soils Validation

Soils Validation

Hannah Fraser did a soils validation sampling and reporting exercise for a local developer, just outside Shrewsbury.

Development of three properties on an old garage site was nearing completion, and validation of clean cover import was required to enable discharge of planning conditions.