Decision required on Environmental Permit application

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At the meeting of Calderdale Council’s Cabinet on Monday 8 February 2021, members will consider an application for an Environmental Permit from Calder Valley Skip Hire Ltd.

Calder Valley Skip Hire has applied for the permit to operate a small waste incinerator plant on Belmont Industrial Estate, Rochdale Road, Sowerby Bridge, The Council must determine the application and either grant it with conditions or refuse it.

Calderdale Council initially refused planning permission for the incinerator in December 2017 but following a public inquiry, permission for the incinerator was granted by the Government appointed Planning Inspector in February 2020.

Determination of an environmental permit application is an objective and technical consideration. The Council has therefore appointed a specialist external consultant to independently assess the application and provide their recommendation.

When determining an environmental permit, a number of technical factors need to be considered including the protection of the environment and human health in line with Government and European legislation. In addition to these, a number of specific issues have been considered, including representations made during the consultation.

Nearly 100 comments were received as part of the consultation process, from residents and councillors as well as the local MPs. In addition, the views of the Environment Agency and Public Health England were also published. All of these comments have been assessed as part of the consultant’s consideration of the application.

The consultant’s recommendation is that the incinerator can comply with the necessary statutory requirements, as set by the EU or by the Government. The recommendation of officers is therefore to grant the application, but in view of the significant public interest the recommendation will now be considered by the Council’s Cabinet.

If the application is refused, the applicant is able to appeal to the Secretary of State.

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Tim Swift, said:

“The Council is now required to make a decision on the outcome of the application from Calder Valley Skip Hire for an Environmental Permit. This decision is to be taken by Cabinet in accordance with the Environmental Permitting Regulations of 2016.

“We know that there is a lot of local concern around this application. Cabinet will take into account representation both for and against the permit and the findings of the external and independent consultant before reaching a decision.”

The item will be discussed at the meeting of Calderdale Council’s Cabinet on Monday 8 February. This will take place virtually and will be live streamed through Calderdale Council’s YouTube channel from 6pm. 

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