It looks like tipping t the Harewood Whin landfill site near Rufforth could continue for another 15 years.
Entrance to Harewood Whin
A planning application being considered next week will allow tiopping “in the eventuality that it is not possible process the anticipated volumes of waste through the approved Allerton Park Energy from Waste Plant”.
The activity has been subject to criticism n the past and the officers report makes the following observation
“The application site lies within open countryside to the north east of the village of Rufforth although a number of residential properties lie within a 500 metre radius and as a consequence of the elevated nature of the site longer distance effects are sometimes experienced in terms of noise from processing machinery.
The site is however subject to a detailed noise management plan which has proved highly effective in recent times and it is felt that there has been no material change in circumstances in respect of impacts upon residential amenity since planning permission for extension of the landfill activity was initially given in 2004”.
There have been no objections to the proposal
The report recommends that the planning committee meeting on 17th November approve the plans.
NB: Nearby a proposal to site a poultry farm on land off Bradley Lane, Rufforth is recommended for refusal
Yorwaste have submitted a planning application to erect a waste transfer and recycling station at Harewood Whin
The station would be used to “bulk up” waste prior to it being transported to the new incinerator being built at Allerton Park
The applicant has agreed to unilaterally revoke earlier planning permissions for the erection of a composting operation in the southern section of the site and the erection of energy from Biomass Plant at the north western edge of the site.
51 objections to the plans have been lodged mainly by residents in the Rufforth area.
Most are concerned about the plants impact on the Green Belt.
The report, which will be considered by the Planning Committee next week, can be read here
NB The site was to have been used as a salvage and recycling centre under plans unveiled in 2011. It would have replaced the Beckfield Lane recycling centre. The Beckfield Lane site was later closed by the new Labour administration which chose to make no alternative recycling facilities available on the west of York.
People across York and North Yorkshire are being given the chance to have a say on planning policies covering major issues such as quarrying, mineral and gas extraction, and waste disposal.
North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council, and the North York Moors National Park Authority, are working together to produce a Minerals and Waste Joint Plan. It will contain policies and guidelines to help take decisions on planning applications covering the period up to 2030. It will also identify suitable sites for such developments.
Council performance stats click to access full report
A Council report has revealed that the amount of waste going to landfill in the City is significantly increasing.
As a result York taxpayers face a £3,918,960 bill – up over 17% on budget forecasts.
The fall in performance comes only weeks after a change in collection arrangements brought chaos to some streets in York.
The position is likely to deteriorate further over the winter as the Council is stopping collecting green waste altogether. The winter months accounted for around 18% of this type of waste last year.
The fear is that most of this will now go to landfill.
Historic recycling rates in York. Click to enlarge
During the period when the Liberal Democrats led the council the amount of recycling and green waste sent for composting had substantially increased each year.
Now, against a background of delays on the longer term Allerton Park waste treatment project, prospects look increasingly bleak for both taxpayers and environmentalists in the City.
The York Council has today agreed to extend the deadline by which planning permission for the new waste disposal facility at Allerton Park must be achieved.
The agreement with the contractors AmeyCespa was due to expire today but a last ditch agreement has extended the agreement until at least the “Cabinet” meeting on 1st October.
Propsed waste disposal facility at Allerton park
The granting of planning permission had been held up following a move by a Parish Council which asked for a judicial review of the terms of the planning permission.
This is still being considered by the Court of Appeal
The North Yorkshire County Council also has to agree a way forward.
If the contract were terminated at this stage, then a payment of £3 million could be due to the contractor.
It is unclear why the York Council was forced into making a decision today with minimal notice. The terms of the contract have been known for over 2 years.