Sibelco’s sand quarry application 17/3605W is due to be heard again by Cheshire East following updated information submitted to CWaC. (CWaC approved the proposal, as did CEC last year)
Wednesday 27th Feb Macclesfield Town Hall at 10:30am. (public welcome)
“……….The assessment of the additional information is the subject of this additional report together with additional representations from members of the public, clarification of the Jodrell Bank position and an update on the latest published NPPF. The conclusion of the statutory consultees is that the impact of the development on the hydrogeology, hydrology and ecology of the area, in particular New Platt Mere, is considered to be acceptable, and no new objections are raised.”
“……….The consideration of the development remains as set out in the report dated 4th April 2017, appended, except where updated by this report, and it is not proposed to revisit this as there is no alteration to the development proposal.”
Conditional Approval subject to conditions and Subject to the Secretary of State deciding not to ‘call-in’ the application under the Departure from the Development Plan procedures and Article 31 Direction of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015.” CEC
Plans for the Sibelco sand quarry on land at Rudheath Lodge, New Platt Lane were approved today by Cheshire West & Chester. The proposal had previously been approved on April 4th by Cheshire East’s strategic planning board. (new info from the Environment Agency wasn’t discussed at the meeting but if the EA change their original ‘no objection’ then it will be referred back to planning).
Cheshire East are to meet again to review the new documents but it seems doubtful that they are allowed to alter their original vote.
Amongst others Goostrey’s Cllr Ken Morris spoke against the application over concerns about fugitive silica dust as well as pointing out that the stated Condition by Jodrell Bank Observatory for the site to not exceed the ITU threshold cannot possibly be enforced. Especially when Sibelco say the site already exceeds it (before driver’s mobiles etc). JBO have been given a draft scheme by Sibelco and will have to sign off on it before plans can go ahead.
In regard to water levels of nearby New Platt Mere dropping; CWaC stated that work would stop if water levels dropped to a certain level, and only resume once they had risen again.
Should objectors to the proposed sand quarry on New Platt Lane be writing to the Secretary of State with their reasons in support of a call-in of both applications? CW&C are recommending approval on the 8th Jan – and CEC have already approved the plans – but there is an interesting point in the related documents on the Agenda (link to page, see Item 5).
6.129 ……. Cheshire East Planning Authority resolved to approve their application at their Strategic Planning Board on 4th April but has referred the application onto the Secretary of State as it is considered to be a departure from the their development plan. The Secretary of State has confirmed that they wish to consider calling in both applications for a Public Inquiry together, that is, the applications before Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester Planning Authorities to consider the Rudheath Lodge Quarry site as a whole. Therefore, should this planning application be approved by the Planning Committee, the Authority would be unable to grant planning permission until the Secretary of State has considered the application.
New information (against the plans) is to be put to Cheshire East in the new year however they are not legally allowed to change their original votes!
Mail address for Sec of State: James Brokenshire MP, MHCLG, 2 Marsham Street,London, SW1P 4DF. or via email on their webpage.. Contact form
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.
I’ve just been informed that the meeting of Cheshire West & Chester council for Sibelco’s application is now NOT going ahead tomorrow, Thursday, apparently due to some information only just becoming available.
New date as yet unknown but for now the meeting planned for tomorrow 21st June is postponed!