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That the Regulatory Committee authorises the grant of planning permission for the Infilling of Redundant Quarry with Inert Soils and Clays to include Temporary Soils and Aggregates Recycling and Recovery Facility and Restoration of the Quarry to provide 10 No. Recreational EcoPods subject to a legal agreement controlling vehicle routing and to the conditions and for the reasons contained within Appendix B of the report of the Strategic Director for Communities; with the addition of the removal of Satruday working hours.
Matthew Williams, Senior Planner, presented the report and provided an overview of the application, sharing with the Committee the phased plans for the application site.
It was confirmed that the application proposed the following –
· An additional 11 HGV movements per day
· Working hours of 0800 – 1800 hours (Monday to Friday)
0800 – 1300 hours (Saturday)
· The restoration of the site would be largely a conservation and habitat area with the inclusion of an EcoPods leisure facility.
The Committee noted that there had been significant public interest in the application. Officers had received 36 representations in addition to those from local parish councils, and the OANB conservation board. It was noted that there was some acceptance of the proposal but the overriding objection was from the local community and was concerned with the proposed infill and leisure use.
The Committee was asked to consider the following factors –
· The location of the waste facilities.
· Whether the proposal would enhance the AONB
· Could the objections be solved by the inclusion of the conditions (as attached to the report)
The Committee was asked to note that the site will generate noise, but that the project has been designed with noise reduction in place. Noise assessments have concluded that the noise can be controlled to an acceptable level. It was noted that there is a propose condition for noise monitoring moving forward should the application be approved
There is a proposed dust management plan as part of the conditions.
A landscaping impact assessment was submitted with the application and concluded that there were no significant effects on the site. Warwickshire County Council landscape team agreed and stated the restoration will be beneficial in the long term.
Wheel washing facilities have been proposed as well as additional conditions to ensure road is kept clean.
Following a question from Councillor Chris Mills, it was confirmed that the material being bought to the site will be from the local area but will depend on where new development sites are.
Following a question from Councillor Jill Simpson-Vince, it was confirmed that there will be a vehicle movement agreement put in place which is enforceable if not complied with. There is an enforceable condition limiting the number of HGV movements per day (22 in total). It was also confirmed that there had been no objections raised by Highways Officers in relation to the application.
Mr. Adrian Berry, local resident, addressed the Committee in relation to the application and concerns from residents. Concerns in relation to the environmental impact of the quarry were highlighted, including traffic, noise, dust and light pollution.
Mr. Berry stated that there would be an increase in heavy traffic in the area with concerns about HGVs travelling through Edgehill and Ratley; irrespective of any requirements not to do so. Residents have low confidence in the existing signage.
Ms. Veronica Walters, local resident, addressed the Committee and highlighted concerns in relation to the Warwickshire County Council Waste Strategy, which states that sites such ... view the full minutes text for item 3