Back in November we wrote about surprise plans for a new waste site on part of Dollymans Farm, on the Rawreth / Basildon border.
Tomorrow a 6 week consultation begins on the proposal – and we will give more details about the consultation process tomorrow night.
This evening local councillors were given a presentation by County officers, and were able to ask questions and highlight issues of concern.
The basic situation is like this:
- Essex County Council and Southend have to prepare a new plan for waste disposal up to 2032.
- They prepared a plan last year with 18 sites allocated for waste disposal. They looked at some other sites – such as Dollymans Farm- but decided not to include them.
- The plan was then examined by a government inspector. She was concerned about a likely lack of capacity for disposing of construction waste from about 2026 -2032.
- The landowners made representations as to why they thought part of their land should be used for the disposal of inert material from construction sites.
- The inspector agreed that the site should be included and that the plan was unsound without it
- One of the reasons for including it is that there is an unfilled hollow left when earth was removed for building the A130.
- The land wouldn’t be raised above its previous level.
- The total quantity would be about 500,000 tonnes – equal to 14 20-tonne lorries per day for 5 years,
- Access would be from the A129 (with a road southwards through the farm to the site)
- A 6 week consultation period starts tomorrow (on this change and other changes) .
- Local councils, organisations and people can put forward evidence that they think the inspector didn’t have and might change her mind, or make suggestions for planning conditions.
- If the plan goes through, there will still need to be a planning application , that will be decided by the county council.
We asked lots of questions and raised important points – concerns about flooding (at the moment this hollow is valued as somewhere flood water might collect), dust, noise and traffic. One important matter to consider is what route the trucks should be allowed to make to go to the site. Another is phasing – if the problem for disposal is from 2026, should the site be phased to start then and no earlier?
We’ll add an update here on the consultation tomorrow night.
UPDATE: You can take part in the consultation by going to the County Council website at http://www.essex.gov.uk/Environment%20Planning/Planning/Minerals-Waste-Planning-Team/Planning-Policy/Pages/Replacement-Waste-Local-Plan.aspx