/ Parish Council / 2010 Minutes / April 2010

Minutes of an Extra Ordinary Meeting held at 7pm on Monday 19th April 2010 in the Lower Committee Room of the Village Hall.


Present:  E Webb (Chairperson), R Farrow, A Bishop, F Bates, T Carter, K Cooper, S Cooper, R Rooke, G Lucas, and Jill Loader (Clerk).  Also in attendance were SC Cllr David Fothergill, TDBCllr K Durdan, Mr Luffman – John Luffman Trading Ltd, Mr N Leaney from Aardvark EM Ltd  and 38 members of the public.

10/1 Chairperson Welcome: The Chairperson welcomed everyone to the meeting to discuss the planning application 4/14/10/0007 – Change of use of land and construction of temporary waste transfer station at Old Langaller Lane, Creech Heathfield. The clerk read out the agenda and stated how the meeting would be run, with a maximum of 15 minutes of public speaking time.

10/2 Apologies Received:   R Jeanes, D Durdan

10/3  Declaration of Interest:  None

10/4 Public speaking time 
The public asked various questions to points of issue relating to the planning application.  These points covered clarification on why the site was being stated as a brown field site, and not a green field site.   How had the applicant stated it was a land fill site.   The water course around the field feeds wild life and fish and should not be polluted.  The existing Wessex Water 6” main running diagonally across the site only three feet under the ground could be damaged.  The number of lorries on a daily basis and access to the site was a concern to both the environment, traffic volumes, safety to drivers and pedestrians.  Access to the site was from the A38 a red route collision site and putting extra lorries along this road and to the site could increase delays, possible accidents and collisions.  Access through the village was not suitable due to traffic calming measures, road width restrictions as well as pedestrians and a Primary School route.  The noise level at the site and dust pollution was seen as an issue.  Operation hours of 7.30 to 17.30 six days a week would give little respite to residents.  Health issues were a concern regarding the level of dust pollution generated and wind direction issues.   Visual impact to residents in the village was a concern.  The length this application stated was ‘Temporary’ – but no length of time was given.


10/5  Planning Applicant’s Response
Mr Nick Leaney from Aardvark, Mr John Luffman’s agent stood up and clarified the following: 

Mr Leaney and Mr Luffman discussed with SCC their proposals regarding providing an inert construction waste materials recycling site, to try and find solutions to the Taunton Deane Local Development Plan and help reduce energy, flood issues and waste management.  By providing local recycling facilities, this would reduce the need for extra road journeys by lorries and recycle top soil, sub soil and rubble.  It was understood the site had planning consent for a landfill construction waste site back in 1979, and would be re-instated back for agricultural use at the end.

This planning application was finally validated and registered on 6th April 2010, which was why the Parish Council had only recently received the details.  This application was currently going through a Consultation period and would be considered on 3rd June 2010 at the Regulation Committee at SCC.

Various other agencies were being contacted for their points of view during this consultation period.  Namely, SCC Highways, Wessex Water, Environment Agency, Parish Council and residents local to the site.

Ownership of the site was being sought, and at present, SCC had not informed them of the owners.  The applicant understood there was a right of access to the site.

Clarification of whether the site was a green field or brown field site was being defined by SCC legal department at present.

The noise level had been addressed with a report available detailing the number of decibels the machines generated.    The machines at the site would be muffled, and dust would be controlled.  There was already background noise from the M5 Motorway

Regarding traffic volumes –SCC Highways could always put adequate conditions on the application to stop vehicle movements through the main village.  It was noted that 60% of lorry movement would be the16/20 tonne lorry and the remaining 40% would be the light commercial vehicle lorries. 

A detailed layout of how the site would be run would be given to the Environment Agency, who would issue an Environment Permit if they approved.   A 2m high bund would be landscaped on the site to help reduce noise.

The Temporary license covers 10 years, which matches the timescales of development TDBC are working on.
Mr Leaney clarified the working hours, but could not comment on any additional overtime, as it was down to Mr Luffman and operation matters.


10/6  Parish Council Question Time / Public Question Time Session
Other questions were asked, and Mr Leaney and Mr Luffman answered accordingly.  It was suggested that this waste transfer site would be better suited at the Crown Industrial Estate.  SCCllr David Fothergill stated that there is a process where all the agencies are contacted for their views.  If people were opposed to this application, they must write to SCC to Bob Mills, by 30th April.  This application would be discussed on 3rd June at the Regulation Committee at County Hall, where member of the public could attend.   Going to the website Planning Portal.gov.uk showed you how to object to an application correctly.


10/7  Parish Council Vote
The Parish Councillors each gave their point of view on the planning application.  It was proposed, seconded and unanimously agreed, by 9 votes, to object to this application.  It was agreed the clerk would write a letter to SCC detailing the objection which covered traffic volumes by lorries through the village, road access and the blind corner, noise and dust pollution, the environment impact on the water course and for the applicant to find a more suitable site. 
The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and the meeting closed at 8.00pm.