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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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. 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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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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New Bespoke Non-Hazardous Landfill Permit Issued!

The Environment Agency (EA) has issued a new installation permit to SRC Aggregates Ltd for a landfill site at Martell’s Quarry.

The site will be used for the disposal of up to 100,000 tonnes per annum of inert and non hazardous wastes in three separate cells.

PDE produced the application and liaised closely with the Environment Agency throughout the determination process. PDE also arranged for the installation of monitoring boreholes and undertook monthly landfill gas and groundwater monitoring to inform the application.

The EA took eight months to determine the application, however, only one Schedule 5 Notice was issued.

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Public Exhibition!

On Tuesday 27 November, PDE held a public exhibition at Rayleigh Town Museum on behalf of SRC to showcase a restoration project for land at Dollymans Farm, Essex. The exhibition featured presentations from SRC and the Mineral Products Association (MPA) which aimed to promote the positive contribution of inert landfill in the restoration of old quarry sites such as the former borrow pit at Dollymans Farm, from which material was extracted for use within the construction of the nearby A130.

Local councillors from the surrounding Parish and District Councils were invited to the event which was also open to members of the public with an interest in the development. Representatives from PDE and the Managing Director of SRC were on hand throughout the day to answer questions from the local councillors and members of the public with regard to the proposed restoration.

The exhibition featured a video comprising drone footage of the Site illustrating how it will be transformed from its current state as an unnatural hollow within the landscape, to a fully restored state which is in keeping with the local surroundings and enhances the setting of two World War 1 memorials.

We would like to thank everyone who attended the event and Rayleigh Town Museum for providing an excellent venue!

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Permission Granted at Lawn Farm Quarry

On behalf of our client Aggmax, PDE recently submitted a planning application for the installation and operation of a concrete batching plant, ancillary facilities and access at Lawn Farm Quarry, Wetherden. Following representation by PDE at Suffolk County Council’s Development and Regulation Committee and subsequent deliberation by the committee members, the decision was made to grant permission on the 16 October 2018.

This is fantastic news for Aggmax as it will enable the use of aggregates extracted from the quarry as part of the concrete batching process. This will provide a more sustainable use of material by removing the need for aggregates to be transported off Site for use within the manufacture of concrete elsewhere. With good links to the A14, the new concrete batching plant is perfectly situated to support Aggmax’s existing client base throughout Suffolk and Norfolk.

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