On behalf of Sewells Reservoir Construction Limited, PDE Consulting Limited (PDE) submitted an application to the Environment Agency (EA), to vary an environmental permit for landfilling at Martells Quarry located in Ardleigh, Essex.
Environmental Permit No. EPR_BP3334YQ was issued in October 2018 and authorises the landfilling of selected non degradable non-hazardous wastes and Landfill Directive inert waste, to restore the site.
An application was made by PDE in March 2020 to add a western extension to the landfilling operations which will be used for the deposit of inert waste only. The permit variation has also increased the annual waste throughputs from 100,000 tonnes per annum to 175,000 tonnes per annum, which will allow the Site to be restored in line with the timescales set out in the planning application. The permit was duly made in September 2020 and a draft permit was issued in March 2021. The final varied permit was issued in January 2022.
The importation and permanent deposit of inert waste at the site will allow the sand and gravel quarry to be restored to pre-quarrying contours and re-instated to agricultural use, which is typical of the local landscape character.