Land­fill site to ex­pand to take city waste ash

Ex­ten­sion plans ap­proved by de­vel­op­ment stan­dards com­mit­tee for waste man­age­ment fa­cil­ity

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - GRAHAM BROWN

The ex­pan­sion of an An­gus land­fill site to take ash waste from Dundee’s DERL in­cin­er­a­tor has been given the go-ahead in the face of op­po­si­tion from two com­mu­nity coun­cils.

An­gus de­vel­op­ment stan­dards com­mit­tee mem­bers unan­i­mously ap­proved the bid by Carnoustie firm DJ Laing for the ex­ten­sion to the ex­ist­ing Pet­ter­den waste man­age­ment and re­cy­cling site, east of the A90 Dundee to Aberdeen dual car­riage­way.

Un­der the plan, the op­er­a­tion will ex­tend east­wards by al­most two hectares and in­volve agri­cul­tural land be­ing built up by around seven me­tres on part of the slop­ing site to cre­ate a flat stor­age area for the ma­te­rial.

Coun­cil­lors heard a bund will also be formed at the site’s south­ern edge and planted to in­te­grate the ex­pan­sion into the land­scape.

A plan­ning re­port said: “This is a longestab­lished land­fill and re­cy­cling/ waste trans­fer sta­tion. It has a lengthy plan­ning his­tory that pre-dates lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­or­gan­i­sa­tion in 1996.”

Per­mis­sion granted in 2003 lim­ited the over­all number of ve­hi­cle move­ments to the site to 400 per day – 200 in and 200 out – but the ap­pli­cants in­di­cated the site is op­er­at­ing at less than half that number and the new pro­posal will not re­sult in any sig­nif­i­cant in­crease.

Both Teal­ing com­mu­nity coun­cil and their Mur­roes and Well­bank neigh­bours sub­mit­ted ob­jec­tions to the pro­posal, cen­tred around con­cerns over the type of ma­te­rial com­ing to the site, traf­fic is­sues and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.

In their let­ter of ob­jec­tion, Mur­roes and Well­bank said: “We as a com­mu­nity coun­cil are a firm be­liever of re-use, re­cy­cle and re­duce where pos­si­ble and are well aware of the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to min­imise waste across Scot­land.

“How­ever the com­mu­nity coun­cil is con­cerned about the im­pact of haz­ardous (spe­cial) waste from fa­cil­i­ties gen­er­at­ing en­ergy from waste, and the im­pact on the lo­cal area and the peo­ple liv­ing close to fa­cil­i­ties dis­pos­ing and or re­pro­cess­ing the haz­ardous (spe­cial) waste/in­cin­er­ated bot­tom ash.”

The com­mit­tee was as­sured by plan­ning of­fi­cials that the DERL ma­te­rial is a non-haz­ardous ag­gre­gate­type ma­te­rial.

In their re­port rec­om­men­da­tion ap­proval, plan­ning chiefs added: “The con­cerns raised in re­la­tion to the pro­posal by lo­cal com­mu­nity coun­cils have been taken into ac­count and are ad­dressed by the pro­posed con­di­tions.

“The pro­posal com­plies with the de­vel­op­ment plan and there are no ma­te­rial con­sid­er­a­tions that jus­tify re­fusal of plan­ning per­mis­sion.”

Con­di­tions at­tached to the ap­proval in­clude con­trols over noise lev­els, hours of op­er­a­tion, dust con­tain­ment and a scheme for even­tual site restora­tion.

The con­cerns raised in re­la­tion to the pro­posal by lo­cal com­mu­nity coun­cils have been taken into ac­count and are ad­dressed by the pro­posed con­di­tions

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