Barton Mills Soils Washing Plant – Application Validated

PDE recently submitted an application to Suffolk County Council on behalf of Needham Chalks (HAM) Limited, for the installation and use of a washing plant for the recycling of inert waste together with associated access onto the highway at Barton Mills Chalk Quarry. The application was validated by Suffolk County Council on 01 August 2019.

Should the application receive planning permission it will complement existing activities at the Quarry enabling Needham Chalks to recycle a substantial proportion of the inert material imported for use in the restoration of the Quarry. The recycled material generated will provide a sustainable source of recycled aggregate products for use within the local construction market and reduce reliance on primary aggregate products.

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Sheepcotes Agricultural Reservoir – Resolved to Grant

On behalf of A W and G W Day Limited and Tarset Farms, PDE submitted a planning application to Essex County Council for the construction of an agricultural reservoir on land at Sheepcotes Farm, Little Waltham, Essex. The application facilitates; the extraction, processing and exportation of sand, gravel and soils; the erection and use of an on-site processing plant with ancillary facilities as well as improvements to the highway and access.

Essex County Council’s Development and Regulation Committee resolved to grant permission on the 25 January 2019.

Following resolution, the applicants’ reconsidered the design of the Site access and a proposal was put before Essex County Council for a simplified “left in, left out” arrangement. The proposed access will lessen the impact to users of the A131 from roadworks prior to the development of the reservoir whilst still providing a safe and efficient means of entering and leaving the Site.

Following consideration by Essex County Council’s Development and Regulation Committee the application was once again resolved to grant permission with the alternative access arrangement and full permission was granted on 01 August, subject to conditions.

This is great news for the applicants’ as it is well known that the East of England is one of the driest regions in the country. The reservoir will underpin the future of the surrounding farmland by enabling water to be stored in winter for use during periods of high water demand in spring and summer. This will allow a wider range and higher quality of crops to be grown as well as increasing the resilience of surrounding farmland in the face of uncertainty presented by climate change.

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Dollymans Farm – Restoration Proposal Resolved to Grant

PDE recently submitted a planning application to Essex County Council on behalf of SRC for the final disposal of inert waste residues to establish an appropriate and sustainable final landform together with the installation and use of a soils washing plant for the recycling of inert waste, a separate silt press and associated access and ancillary development on land at Dollymans Farm, Wickford.

The application was presented to Essex County Council’s Development and Regulation Committee and resolved to grant permission on 24 May 2019.

The Site, formerly used as a borrow pit for the construction of the nearby A130, has remained in its current state as an unnatural steep-sided depression within the landscape for many years following the completion of the road. This not in keeping with the surrounding landscape and the Site presents significant challenges for farming, especially due to significant pooling of surface waters during winter months.

The grant of permission will enable SRC to dispose of inert waste residues in order to establish a more natural and sustainable landform with associated improvements to the landscape, surface water management and biodiversity. Improvements will also be made to cultural heritage through the enhancement of the setting of two listed World War I memorials close to the boundary of the Site. The inclusion of the soils washing plant will also enable SRC to push material up the waste hierarchy whilst facilitating a more sustainable restoration landform.

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Rush Green – Concrete Batching Plant Permission Granted!

At the end of January PDE announced that an application prepared on behalf of Breedon Southern Limited for the erection and use of a concrete batching plant and associated infrastructure on land at Rush Green Motors, Hertfordshire had been resolved to grant by North Hertfordshire District Council’s Planning Control Committee. Following resolution to grant, the application was passed to the Secretary of State for Planning to determine whether or not the application should be called-in.

We are delighted to announce that the Secretary of State has agreed with the decision made by the Planning Control Committee that planning permission should be granted subject to conditions.

This is great news for Breedon Southern Limited as it will enable them to alleviate the strain left within the local construction market following the closure in 2016 of their old plant based nearby in Stevenage. By picking up their previous customer base Breedon will be able to support local construction projects well into the future.

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Martell’s Quarry Soils Washing Plant – Bespoke Environmental Permit Issued

Planning permission was issued to our client SRC on 15 March 2019 for a soils washing plant to be located at Martells Quarry in Ardleigh. On 22 March 2019 the Environment Agency (EA) issued a bespoke environmental permit for the proposed waste operation.

The permit, issued to our client SRC, allows for the treatment (including washing and crushing) of up to 250,000 tonnes per annum of inert and non-hazardous wastes.

As part of the application, PDE prepared Dust and Noise Management Plans which will form part of the site specific Environmental Management System.

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Martell’s Quarry – Soils Washing Plant

At the request of our client SRC, PDE recently prepared and submitted a planning application to Essex County Council seeking the installation of a new soils washing plant and crusher, together with the relocation of a weighbridge and weighbridge office at Martell’s Quarry, Ardleigh.

We are delighted to announce that Essex County Council granted planning permission on the 15 March 2019. Martell’s Quarry already accommodates a number of operations related to the extraction, processing and sale of silica sand as well as the sale and onward distribution of recycled aggregates. The grant of permission for the new washing plant will complement these activities and ensure that a large proportion of incoming inert and non-hazardous material can be recycled. This will help push material up the waste hierarchy and provide recycled aggregates to support the local construction industry.

The washing plant will also provide a valuable stream of material which will assist SRC in providing a thorough and timely restoration of the current Quarry void.

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Bluelands Quarry – Environmental Permit Variation Issued

On behalf of the Operator S Walsh and Son Limited, we are delighted to announce that the Environment Agency (EA) has issued a variation to a bespoke waste recovery permit. The waste activity comprises the permanent deposit of inert wastes on land to restore a flooded chalk quarry and create a development platform at Purfleet in Essex.

The original permit allowed the importation and permanent deposit of 500,000m³ of wastes.

A minor technical variation application was made to allow for the recovery of an additional 240,488m³ of waste to raise the level of the final development platform to enable reclassification of the Site from Flood Zone 3 (high probability) to Flood Zone 1 (lowest probability) in accordance with the planning permission.

Prior to submission of the permit variation application, an updated Waste Recovery Plan (WRP) was submitted to and approved by the EA. Despite this being an extension to an existing activity, it was still necessary to provide financial calculations that showed that if the work was carried out with non waste, there would be a net financial gain. Due to a change in EA guidance, it was also necessary to produce a Dust Emissions Management Plan (DEMP), despite dust not being an issue at the site previously.

In accordance with the latest EA charging scheme, additional fees were paid to the EA for review of the updated WRP and the DEMP.

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Resolution to Grant for a Concrete Batching Plant

PDE recently submitted a planning application on behalf of Breedon Southern Limited to North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC). The application sought to allow the erection and use of a concrete batching plant and associated infrastructure on land at Rush Green Motors, Langley, Hertfordshire.

Breedon previously operated a concrete batching plant a short distance from Rush Green Motors at Langley Sidings, London Road, Stevenage. However this plant was forced to close in 2016 and in the years since, Breedon have been unable to provide concrete products to their previous customers within the area, leaving a significant gap in local concrete supply.

Following consideration by NHDC’s Planning Control Committee on the 16 January 2019 the application was resolved to grant permission. The next step is for the application to be passed to the Secretary of State for a final determination. Should the Secretary of State agree with the decision made by NHDC’s Planning Control Committee, permission will be granted subject to conditions.

The new concrete batching plant at Rush Green Motors will enable Breedon to pick up supply with their previous customer base and alleviate the strain left within the local construction market following the closure of their old plant in 2016. In addition the new plant will support growing demand for concrete products within the local area over the coming decades.

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Wetherden – Relocation of Recycling Operations

At the request of our client, Aggmax Transport Limited, a Section 73 application was submitted to Suffolk County Council for the purpose of relocating their already permitted recycling operations at Lawn Farm Quarry. The application was required as the footprint for the processing area where recycling operations were envisaged to take place had to be unexpectedly reduced. This resulted in insufficient room for the recycling operations to function safely; therefore recycling operations had been effectively mothballed.

In order to reduce the impact of the recycling operations on the environment and the local amenity a number bunds were reconfigured in order to encompass the new recycling area. The proposed new area was chosen and designed to ensure that Aggmax can safely and efficiently begin their recycling operations.

On 17 December 2018 planning permission was granted for the relocation of recycling operations. This will enable Aggmax to begin pushing waste up the waste hierarchy by reducing reliance on landfill as well as providing recycled aggregates to the local construction market, a sustainable alternative to the use of primary aggregate products.

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Stone Pit I – Environmental Permit Variation Issued!

On behalf of the Operator Land Logical Ltd, we are delighted to announce that the Environment Agency (EA) has issued a variation to a bespoke waste recovery permit. The waste activity comprises the deposit of inert wastes on land to correct problems associated with differential settlement at Stone Pit I historic landfill site which is located in Dartford, Kent.

The application was made to allow for the recovery of an additional 222,500 m3 of waste to restore the northern part of the Site. This will allow for optimal extraction of landfill gas to generate electricity.

Prior to submission of the permit variation application, a pre-application meeting was held with the local EA officers and an updated Waste Recovery Plan was submitted to and approved by the EA.

The pre-existing landfill gas management infrastructure has been upgraded to current standards which enabled a number of improvement conditions to be removed from the permit.

An application was submitted for a minor technical variation and the EA have issued a full consolidated permit.

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