The Planning Inspector has dismissed an appeal against an order to clear a site at Newark in Nottinghamshire, believed to hold over 2,000 tonnes of waste.
Nottinghamshire county council issued an enforcement notice against Newark Care (Notts) Ltd, in May 2018 for the clearance of waste materials at the land at 293 Bowbridge Road, Balderton.
The council says that the waste is being stored on the site without the relevant planning permission in place.
This week, Planning Inspector, J A Murray has dismissed an appeal against the order lodged by Newark Care (Notts) Ltd, meaning the original enforcement notice is back in force.
The notice orders that no further waste can be deposited on the site and that all the existing material must be removed within three months.
In his decision on the appeal, the Planning Inspector deemed that the site causes: “unacceptable harm to the character and appearance of the area”.
Councillor Chris Barnfather, chairman of planning and licensing committee at Nottinghamshire county council, said: “I am pleased with the Planning Inspector’s decision to dismiss the appeal, which I am sure will come as a relief to the residents and businesses who have had to live in the shadow of this unauthorised waste site for more than three years. Like them, I look forward to the site being cleared and restored as soon as possible.
“The Planning Inspector supported our view that waste storage was a completely unacceptable use of land at this location and that the terms of our enforcement notice, requiring clearance of the site within a three-month compliance period, is reasonable.
“The dumping and unauthorised storage of waste is a growing, national problem which blights communities and I welcome initiatives by the Environment Agency to seek out and prosecute those responsible. For our part, as the Waste Planning Authority, we will continue to hold landowners to account where they are storing waste without permission.”Cllr Chris Barnfather
“The dumping and unauthorised storage of waste is a growing, national problem which blights communities and I welcome initiatives by the Environment Agency to seek out and prosecute those responsible. For our part, as the Waste Planning Authority, we will continue to hold landowners to account where they are storing waste without permission.”
An assessment by the Environment Agency, suggested that the majority of the waste ‘appears to comprise inert household and commercial waste’ including plastic, metals, fabrics, timber, cardboard, paper, building materials and soils.
Peter Haslock East Midlands head of enforcement, said: “The Environment Agency were consulted and responded to the planning appeal and are pleased that the appeal has been dismissed. The County Councils enforcement notice is a positive move and we hope it can lead to the swift resolution of the matter for all parties involved and especially for the local residents.”
Newark Care (Notts) Ltd could not be reached for comment.