Thamesport Environmental Permit Issued

On behalf of Thamesport Cement Limited, PDE Consulting Limited submitted an environmental permit application to Medway Council, for the operation of a Cement Products Plant to be located on the Isle of Grain in Kent.

The application was submitted in February 2019 for an A2 installation permit to authorise the grinding of cement clinker, as this is an activity listed in Schedule 1 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016.  Part B activities also undertaken at the Site include loading or unloading cement or cement clinker and the blending, bagging and batching of cement products.

The permit was issued in September 2019.

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Newhaven – Alternative Asphalt Plant Application Submitted

On behalf of our client, FM Conway Limited, PDE have produced a planning application to allow for the variation of Condition 2 attached to planning permission reference LW/789/CM(EIA) to allow for changes to the layout of the permitted development and specification of the asphalt plant to be installed at their site in Newhaven, East Sussex.

Should planning permission be granted by East Sussex County Council it will allow our client to install and operate an alternative asphalt plant at the site which will provide more opportunity to use additional recycled products within the asphalt products.  It will also allow for revisions to the permitted site layout which will allow for a more efficient working area within the Site.

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Barton Mills Soils Washing Plant – Permission Granted

On 19 September 2019 Suffolk County Council granted permission for an application, prepared by PDE on behalf of Needham Chalks (HAM) Limited, which sought to enable the installation and use of a washing plant for the recycling of inert waste, with associated access onto the highway at Barton Mills Chalk Quarry, Suffolk.

The grant of permission is great news for Needham Chalks who will now be able to begin processing inert material imported for use within the restoration of the Quarry. The washing plant will extract recyclable aggregates which will be processed and classified according to size. These recycled aggregates can then be sold on, providing a valuable alternative to primary aggregate products within the local construction industry. With the removal of recyclable aggregates, the remaining non-recyclable material will be used to facilitate a high quality restoration of the Quarry.

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Duston Oil Permit Variation Issued

The EA has issued a variation to the environmental permit for the Duston Oils plant in Northampton.

Bespoke installation permit No. EPR/XP3237MA was issued in October 2007 and authorises the recovery and disposal of waste oils and solvents.

It was proposed that a higher grade processed fuel oil (PFO) was produced at the Site. PFO produced in accordance with the WRAP Quality Protocol (End of waste criteria for the production and use of processed fuel oil from waste lubricating oils) is no longer considered to be a waste and can therefore be used in a wider range of applications.

The new process required additional raw materials, addition of a centrifuge and additional tank storage. It was also proposed that additional wastes types were added to the permit which are those listed in the WRAP Quality Protocol only.

The application for a normal variation was submitted in October 2018 and a consolidated permit was issued in July 2019.

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Martells Quarry – Variation of Condition Application Validated

PDE recently submitted an application to Essex County Council on behalf of SRC Limited, for the variation of Condition 6 attached to planning permission reference ESS/53/17/TEN to allow for amendments to the approved mineral extraction, landfilling and restoration schemes along with the implementation of a Planting Establishment and Management Scheme at Martells Quarry.

Should the application be successful it will allow SRC Limited to complete the working and restoration of the Quarry.  The implementation of the Planting Establishment and Management Scheme will also allow for the enhancement of land within the east of Martells Yard with associated improvements to biodiversity.

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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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