6 November 2019 by Joshua Doherty

Appeal over Blaydon Quarry permit rejection

Octagon Green Solutions has appealed the Environment Agency’s decision to reject its bid to transfer the permit of the Blaydon Quarry landfill site.

This comes after the company applied in March 2019 to transfer the landfill permit of the site in Blaydon-on-Tyne, near Newcastle, to Midwest Solutions Ltd.

The latest transfer request is the third in just over two years and was turned down because the Agency said it “felt the applicant could not demonstrate that they could comply”.

Blaydon Quarry

One of the capped cells at Blaydon Quarry landfill

And, in a statement on 1 November, the Environment Agency confirmed that it received an appeal within the six-month deadline and will now prepare an appeal statement for the Planning Inspectorate.  A decision is due “in a few months”.

“When we refuse a permit application the applicant has six months to launch an appeal,” the Environment Agency said.

It added: “We have recently received notice that the applicant has formally appealed our refusal decision.”

History

Octagon Green Solutions has been trying to transfer the permit for more than two years.

In August 2017, it had asked the Agency to transfer the permit for the site to Recyclogical, however the EA stated at the time “that it did not have the confidence that permit compliance could be achieved.”

Less than six months later, in February 2018, the company then applied to transfer the permit to Midwest Solutions.

This was however rejected in a strong statement from the EA which said that one of the individuals at Midwest Solutions “has not demonstrated any relevant industry specific qualifications nor experience of operating a complex waste installation such as a landfill”. (see letsrecycle.com story)

Odour

The statement on Sunday also looked to ease concerns that had been raised surrounding odour at the site.

The Agency explained that the final cell at the site, cell 8, is now being filled and the majority of capping work is now complete on cell 7, which had been causing the odour problems.

“We have recently received notice that the applicant has formally appealed our refusal decision”

Environment Agency

“The capping work has progressed slower than expected due to the inclement weather. It is difficult to install the welded membranes on a saturated surface. This capping work is expected to be completed over the next month,” the statement added.

Permission

Planning permission for the Blaydon Quarry landfill site was granted by Gateshead Council in 1988, allowing extraction and landfilling with household waste until 2026.

Octagon Green Solutions Ltd acquired the site in March 2013 but it has been dogged with issues around odour.

Most recently, in August 2019 the Agency said it received an increased number of odour complaints coming from the site. The operator installed additional odour suppression equipment at the site to deal with this.

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