Although CEC’s Strategic Planning Board voted earlier this year to approve the part of Sibelco’s planning application which is in Cheshire East, the decision has not yet been confirmed and an approval letter has not yet been issued. Residents now have the opportunity to submit further comments due to additional information, see below, up until the 3rd January 2019. (Original comments are still relevant)
The application has not yet been considered by Cheshire West and now new objections have been raised by Garnett Farms. They put the case that the water table in the area will be lowered if the Quarry goes ahead; in particular the water level in New Platt Mere would drop. This has resulted in a number of new technical documents between the Environment Agency, Sibelco and others – which can be found on the following link to Cheshire West website under 17/03104/MIN.
The Sibelco rebuttals (but not the other documents) have appeared on the Cheshire East planning website in the last few days and are open to public consultation with a closing date of 3rd January 2019, the planning application number is 17/3605W. (click link).
After a number of re-schedulings the latest date for the Cheshire West Planning Committee is 8th January 2019.
Interestingly Cheshire West have also published a document from Sibelco entitled ‘Electromagnetic Compatibility Scheme’ which shows that the background level of radio emissions are higher than those specified by JBO, even before any works are started. Although Sibelco have asked for a response from JBO, there is nothing showing on either CEC or CW&C websites.