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29th October 2021

Airport Safeguarding Now Live On CIOB Academy Website

In this webinar Nyree Millar-Bell, Company Director, Millar-Bell Aviation Consultancy,  will give you an understanding of the importance of Airport Safeguarding and its impact on planning developments. These include residential/commercial properties, wind turbines, solar panels, crane and construction operations.  She provides an insight into her Airport Impact Assessment (AIA). This is a technical solution to ensure your development meets the airport’s regulation requirements and is granted planning approval.

Watch now:

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18th October 2021

Niche Planning Consultancy Takes Off


An aviation expert has set up Scotland’s first planning consultancy for airport safety zones.

Nyree Millar-Bell spent years as a senior manager with Edinburgh Airport assessing and at times objecting to planning applications that did not satisfy Civil Aviation Authority [CAA] rules.

She now works solely with property, renewables and construction companies across Scotland that want to develop land within airport safety zones.

Nyree said: “I’m really excited to be working on the other side of the runway helping developers get the planning consent they need from an airport.

“What I do is provide the developer with the evidence they need to gain planning consent from an airport so there are no nasty surprises of airports slapping an objection on a project that falls within the 15km safeguarding zone.

“This can help save thousands of pounds on redesigns, appeals and resubmissions as well as costly planning delays.”

Objections to planning applications often include anything that could cause glare like solar panels, projects and developments that would contravene height restrictions like residential or commercial new builds or even the size of cranes working on construction sites.

Nyree added: “This is a very particular niche in the planning world with many restrictions and rules that developers may not always consider and this is why I use my specialist knowledge and experience to ensure projects within the zone can be completed without additional delays and costs.”

Managing Director of specialist procurement advisers Arfon Consulting Ltd Alun Williams said: "As advisers on major infrastructure projects we have first-hand experience of supporting clients working within an airport's safeguarding zone navigate holding objections from the CAA during a scheme's development stages.  

"In one case, even high-sided vehicles travelling on a trunk road had the capacity to generate air traffic control radar 'clutter' and a financial settlement reached to upgrade the radar's software capabilities.  

“Nyree's specialist knowledge and skills will, doubtless, be an invaluable addition to any developer's advisory team when bringing forward projects within airport safety zones."


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12th September 2021


OnPoint R&D Tax Credits -Supporting businesses to increase their cashflow

We have teamed up with OnPoint to provide more for our clients. Find out how you can claim back money on your project.

What is Research & Development?

Research and Development relief was introduced by the government in 2000 to encourage UK businesses to invest and enhance the fields of Science and Technology. It is a technique to reward businesses across all sectors by allowing them to claim back some of the money they spent on advancing innovations.

What sectors can claim?



With a predicted worth of £236.8 billion between 2020 and 2024, the Construction industry is larger area of R&D potential. The construction sector can be broken down into a few different categories – these include, private sector housing, infrastructure, industrial and commercial, public sector housing and more. From these categories, there are then endless specialist companies such as builders, fitters, trades, engineers, manufacturers, and other suppliers.

Examples of R&D within Construction include:

Investigating and using new materials Developing safer methods and practises Researching energy-saving techniques Overcoming traditional challenges in new ways Creating efficient construction techniques Researching and developing new tools


Innovation in architecture would include utilising and advancing technology such as improving how materials or products perform. Uncertainties could also include development in testing and prototypes or designing bespoke software to use.

Examples of R&D within Architecture include:

Research into new building materials
Developing new uses for traditional materials Designing and testing prototype materials Creating new software for designing or modelling Unique solutions for design restrictions Developing environment-ally friendly methods

These are only examples. The rules of R&D are not rigid, they are put into place to reward and refund those who are dealing with uncertainty. The result of your innovation doesn’t have to be a success either, you can be eligible for a refund even if the project was unsuccessful!

Find out more on our page 'clients'.