[Electoral Division: Upper Kent]
To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure
A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding planning application reference nos. 5/19/9012, 5/19/9013 and 5/19/9014 atRoan Edge Inert Landfill, Waste Recycling Facility and Quarry, New Hutton, Killington, Kendal, LA8 0AP. The proposals were as follows:
Proposals: To Remove Operational Hours Restrictions on the site
Ref. 5/19/9012: Section 73 Application to Remove Conditions 9 and 10 of Planning Permission Ref. 5/16/9014 so as to remove restrictions on the operational hours of the site (Main Site)
Ref. 5/19/9013: Section 73 Application to Remove Conditions 2 and 3 of Planning Permission Ref. 5/16/9015 so as to remove restrictions on the operational hours of the site access
Ref. 5/19/9013: Section 73 Application to Remove Conditions 4 and 5 of Planning Permission Ref. 5/16/9016 so as to remove restrictions on the operational hours of the wash plant
The Planning Officer guided members through the applications and presented plans showing the site’s proximity to the M6 and the Yorkshire Dales National Park boundary. Plans were shown of the different application areas and these were described in detail. Photographs showing the sites in different years were presented. The issues at the site were presented in detail, this included the height of the stockpiles, however it was noted that this was not relevant to the application. The Planning Officer considered the times of operation to be acceptable and advised that there had been no complaints during the trial period. He considered the temporary time period for night time operation of the wash plant to be acceptable. He recommended that planning permission be granted subject to the conditions in the appendices to the report.
A member familiar with the area referred to the objections of New Hutton Parish Council, in particular the reduction in volume of water in the tributary beck and its concern that it may be caused by the quarry. The member queried if anyone was establishing whether there was a link between the reduction in the volume of water and the quarry and/or the recycling site. The Planning Officer explained that the Environment Agency were investigating and that their findings would be fed back to the Parish Council when the information was received.
Another member, also familiar with the site commented on its proximity to the M6 which could reduce pollution on local roads. He considered the recycling facility and quarry to be useful, did not harm anyone and was good for local industry and the economy.
The recommendation as set out in the report was moved by Mr McGuckin and seconded by Mr Markley. Following a vote, cast as follows, 17 members in favour, 0 against and 0 abstentions, it was
a) Planning permission is granted for planning application ref. 5/19/9012 subject to conditions set out in Appendix 1 to this report so as to allow night-time working for specified operations for up to30 days per year.
b) Planning permission is granted for planning application ref. 5/19/9013 subject to conditions set out in Appendix 2 to this report so as to allow unlimited night time use of the access.
c) planning permission is granted for planning application ref. 5/19/9014 subject to conditions set out in Appendix 3 to this report so as to allow a further two year temporary time period for night time operation of the wash plant (as the wash plant is not yet operational).