Highwood Quarry – Applications Validated

PDE have recently submitted two Section 73 applications to Essex County Council on behalf of SRC Limited to enable the variation of conditions attached to two planning consents at Highwood Quarry. The applications seek to enable the continuation of HGV movements off Site from Highwood Quarry between 06:00 and 07:00.

The current consents allow HGV movements off Site between 06:00 and 07:00 and are permitted for a temporary period and enable SRC to make deliveries to London for the start of morning construction shifts, enabling a greater focus upon local deliveries during the remainder of the day.  Should permission be granted, SRC will be able to continue supporting the needs of their existing customer base within London as well as supporting the needs of the construction industry within surrounding areas.

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Thamesport Planning Permission Granted

In February 2019 we submitted a planning application and environmental statement to Medway Council to allow for the erection and operation of a cement production plant, ancillary facilities and access on land at London Thamesport, Grain Road, Isle of Grain, Kent.

The application was presented to Medway Council’s Planning Committee on 04 March 2020, where the committee resolved to grant permission for the Proposed Development.

The application was submitted on behalf of Thamesport Cement Limited, a recently established company which has been incorporated to facilitate the production of cement at London Thamesport. The majority of shares of Thamesport Cement Limited are owned by Cem’In’Eu SAS which is an organisation that has developed a new cement production and marketing concept in Europe, with an innovative and flexible business approach. Cem’In’Eu has already launched a number of similar projects in France and Europe, with the aim of supplying local construction markets with cement products.

The recent permission will see its first UK plant built on land on the Isle of Grain, Kent. Each of the plants requires a similar investment of around £18 million and the cement grinding mills are based on an identical model and are simply adapted for local topographic and space requirements. The consented plant at Thamesport will have two mills capable of producing up to 485,000 tonnes of cement products per annum and will create up to 70 full-time jobs.

The products to be manufactured at the Site consist of a range of cements which have different properties based upon the blending of the raw materials and the way in which they are ground. The overall process, involves the accurate mechanical grinding of carefully blended input materials.

Cement is an essential raw material for the construction sector and it is a fine powder which hardens when mixed with water. Cement is mainly used to produce concrete and mortar after mixing it with aggregates. In the case of this development, all the mineral raw materials shall be imported by sea and the resulting products shall be transported off site using HGV’s in either a bulk form or in bags.

The consent is fantastic news as it will allow Thamesport Cement Limited to manufacture a range of cement products to satisfy existing and projected customer demand in Greater London and the South East markets via road transport.

We are now progressing with further submissions to discharge the pre-commencement planning conditions and with only 19 conditions attached to the consent and no legal agreement required, it shouldn’t be too long until works are commenced on Site.

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Martells Quarry – Permission Granted

On 11 February 2020 Essex County Council granted permission for an application prepared by PDE on behalf of SRC Aggregates. The application sought to allow for revisions to the approved details of mineral extraction, landfilling and restoration; the implementation of a Planting Establishment and Management Scheme; and retrospective permission for the installation of a water tank, at Martells Quarry, Ardleigh.

The grant of permission is fantastic news for SRC as it enables the implementation of some minor changes which will support existing operations and facilitate the completion of working and restoration of the Quarry. The grant of permission is also great news for the Site as the implementation of the Planting Establishment and Management Scheme will allow for the enhancement of land within the east of Martells Yard with associated improvements to biodiversity.

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Dollymans Farm – Environmental Permit Application Duly Made

The Environment Agency has duly made an application for a new inert waste landfill and inert and excavation waste treatment permit. The permit application has been made on behalf of SRC Aggregates for their site in Rawreth, Essex.

The total volume of waste to be imported to Site will be around 140,000 tonnes per annum. Of the total amount imported, around 42,000 tonnes per annum shall be recycled and sold back into the market as a variety of products and the remaining materials shall be finally disposed of at the Site in the course of its restoration. The permit will allow an old borrow pit, located in London Clay, to be restored and re-instated to agricultural use.

The application is for a bespoke waste facility permit.

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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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