Brett Aggregates Limited – New Inert Landfill Permit Issued

On behalf of Brett Aggregates Limited, PDE Consulting Limited (PDE) submitted an environmental permit application to the Environment Agency (EA) for a new waste operation to be located at Barham Quarry, Sandy Lane, Suffolk (the ‘Site’).

The application was made for a new bespoke permit for inert landfill. Following extraction of sand and gravel, the Site will be restored via the importation and permanent deposit of inert waste. Annual throughputs for inert wastes are limited to 250,000 tonnes. The approximate void space for inert landfill is 940,000 m³. The proposed restoration will ultimately lead to the Site being reinstated for agricultural use.

To support the application, six perimeter landfill gas and groundwater monitoring boreholes were installed at the Site in February and March 2018, under the supervision of PDE. Monthly baseline monitoring was undertaken by PDE from May 2018 to March 2020.

The permit application was submitted to the EA in June 2020 and duly made in September 2020. The EA raised no questions on the submitted hydrogeological or stability risk assessments. A draft permit was issued in January 2021 and the final permit was received in November 2021. The determination period was extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Imperial Wharf – Screening and Scoping Request Submitted

On behalf of FM Conway Limited PDE Consulting Limited have recently submitted a screening and scoping request to Gravesham Borough Council (GBC) in respect of a proposed planning application for two additional bitumen tanks, a load out gantry, the installation of a bitumen emulsion plant, and alternative car parking on land at Imperial Wharf, Clifton Marine Parade, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0DY.

If approved, the Proposed Development will increase the wider facility’s resilience through the provision of additional bitumen storage capacity, safeguarding against delays in bitumen shipments and ensuring a consistent supply of bitumen for asphalt production, meeting the region’s needs for road building and maintenance. In addition, the new load out gantry and emulsion plant will complement FM Conway’s existing established operations at Imperial Wharf.

The screening request will determine whether or not the proposed application falls within Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations. A scoping response from GBC will inform the matters which should be covered as part of an EIA application for the proposed development.

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MJ Skip & Plant Hire Limited – Environmental Permit Granted

On behalf of MJ Skip & Plant Hire Limited, PDE submitted an application to the Environment Agency (EA) for an environmental permit to operate an inert and excavation waste transfer station with treatment, at Boddington Road, Byfield, Northamptonshire.

The application for a standard rules permit No. SR2008 No 11, was submitted to the EA in April 2021. It was duly made and subsequently issued in October 2021. It permits MJ Skip & Plant Hire Limited to undertake waste recovery activities on site such as waste storage and treatment including sorting, separation, screening, and crushing, with an annual throughput of up to 75,000 tonnes per annum.

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Martells Quarry – Resolution to Grant Permission

PDE Consulting Limited recently prepared a planning application on behalf Sewells Reservoir Construction Limited (SRC) for a western extension to Martells Quarry. The application seeks to enable the extraction, processing, sale and distribution of silica sand and gravel, subsequent restoration using inert materials along with the creation of new access.

Martells Quarry is an allocated site for silica sand and gravel extraction within the adopted Essex County Council (ECC) Minerals Local Plan and the development will enable SRC to continue to supply aggregates to the local construction industry.

The application, which was submitted to ECC, was put before ECC’s Development and Regulation committee on the 24 September 2021. The committee resolved to grant planning permission subject to conditions and a Section 106 Agreement.

Four Section 73 applications were submitted alongside the extension application, to vary a number of conditions attached to extant planning consents, including the variation of timescales to bring the existing permitted developments in line with the western extension, as well as a number of other minor alterations to support the western extension.

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Strabag, Hartlepool – Application Validated

PDE Consulting Limited recently prepared a planning application on behalf of Strabag AG for the demolition of buildings and the erection of a concrete batching plant with ancillary infrastructure at Plot 2, Greenland Road, Hartlepool.

The application was submitted to Hartlepool Borough Council and validated on 31 August 2021.

Should planning permission be granted, it will support the wider redevelopment of land formerly used for manufacturing purposes by Heerema. The proposed development will see Strabag introduce an alternative manufacturing process to the site, making use of a number of existing buildings for the fabrication of pre-cast concrete units.

The development will generate direct employment on the site in addition to supporting employment within the wider Port of Hartlepool, in supply and distribution chains.

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Foxhall Quarry – Application Validated

PDE Consulting Limited recently prepared a planning application on behalf of Eurovia Roadstone Limited for the erection of a new storage building at Foxhall Quarry.

The application was submitted to East Suffolk Council and validated on 06 September 2021. Should planning permission be granted, it will enable the covered storage of pre-coated chippings, protecting them from adverse weather conditions prior to exportation off-Site, supporting the local construction industry. The building is to be used in conjunction with an existing permitted asphalt plant located on-Site.

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Cavenham Quarry – Environmental Permit Successfully Transferred and Varied

On behalf of Allen Newport Limited, PDE submitted an application to the Environment Agency (EA) in August 2020, to transfer and vary a waste operation permit.

Environmental Permit No. EPR/FB3435AL was issued to Middleton Aggregates Limited in May 2012 to allow the treatment, by crushing and screening, of wastes. Annual throughputs were limited to 30,000 tonnes per annum.

An application was made to transfer the permit to Allen Newport Limited and to increase the annual throughputs of wastes to 200,000 tonnes per annum.

In accordance with the timelines specified in the application, the permit was successfully transferred from Middleton Aggregates Limited to Allen Newport Limited in January 2021. Once the permit had been successfully transferred, the EA were able to progress the variation application. The final permit was issued in February 2021.

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Fortis IBA Limited – Environmental Permit Variation Issued

On behalf of Fortis IBA Limited, PDE submitted an application to the Environment Agency (EA), to vary their permit which authorises an incinerator bottom ash (IBA) recycling facility located off the A303 in Barton Stacey, Hampshire.

The application was made to add a western extension area to the permit to provide a larger area for the storage of IBA aggregate. The temporary storage of IBAA outside the permit boundary was being undertaken in accordance with a Local Position Statement issued by the EA which is due to expire at the end of March 2021. The main reason why additional IBAA storage is required is related to the Covid 19 pandemic and the temporary downturn in demand for this product by the construction industry.

The application, which was considered by the operator to be critical to national infrastructure, was submitted to the EA on 07 January 2021 and duly made of that date. The permit was determined by the local EA officer, and the final permit was issued on 19 February 2021.

Over the past 10 years, Fortis have recycled, processed and distributed over 1,000,000 tonnes of IBAA into the construction industry. In doing so, they have played an integral part in diverting over 4,000,000 tonnes of waste from landfill.

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Barham Quarry – Application Validated

PDE Consulting Limited have recently prepared a planning application on behalf of George Tanner (Shalford) Limited for two minor extensions to Barham Quarry for the extraction of sand and gravel, the continuation of sand and gravel extraction and subsequent restoration using inert materials. The application also seeks to enable the rephasing of mineral extraction and restoration within the existing quarry to integrate the two minor extensions into the working scheme for the quarry.

Alongside this application, four section 73 applications were submitted for the variation of conditions attached to planning consents at Shrubland Quarry. Shrubland Quarry is intrinsically linked to Barham Quarry and is considered part of the same operational unit.

The applications were submitted to Suffolk County Council and validated on 11 February 2021.

The two minor extensions to Barham Quarry are allocated for mineral extraction in accordance with the Suffolk Minerals and Waste Local Plan, which was adopted in July 2020. Should planning permission be granted, it will enable the extraction of this valuable mineral resource in accordance with the plan allocation.

The four section 73 applications seeking the variation of conditions at Shrubland Quarry will support the proposed development at Barham through the alteration of timescales which will allow operations to continue in line with the mineral extraction proposals at Barham Quarry.

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Fortis IBA Limited – Environmental Permit Application Duly Made

On behalf of Fortis IBA Limited, PDE have submitted an application to the Environment Agency (EA), to vary their permit which authorises an incinerator bottom ash (IBA) recycling facility located off the A303 in Barton Stacey, Hampshire.

The application is to add a western extension area to the permit to provide a larger area for the storage of IBA aggregate. The main reason why additional IBAA storage is required is related to the Covid 19 pandemic and the temporary downturn in demand for this product by the construction industry. The application, which is considered critical to national infrastructure, was submitted to the EA and duly made in January 2021.

Over the past 10 years, Fortis have recycled, processed and distributed over 1,000,000 tonnes of IBAA into the construction industry. In doing so, they have played an integral part in diverting over 4,000,000 tonnes of waste from landfill.

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