Waste And Minerals Planning

Paul Downing

Waste and minerals planning applications are required for businesses who operate a waste management facility. Unlike residential and other commercial businesses waste and mineral planning applications are handled by the county council and not the local authority. If you are a waste management business with an Environment Agency environmental permit, then you are likely to require a waste and minerals planning consent for your business premises.

Paul Downing & Associates have been working with waste and industrial businesses to help apply for or vary environmental permits and planning applications. In some circumstances the information required for both is duplicated and it makes sense to use the same consultant for both applications in order to prevent duplication of data and surveys. Timescales for dealing with waste and minerals planning applications can vary but in general the application should take around 3-6 months to be determined. It is not unusual however for the county council to regularly extend the timeframe for making a decision if it feels it needs more time. This may extend the overall process to over a year from application.

Ensuring that the appropriate information has been provided to the council is key to a speedy decision and although it is difficult to control objectors to the application, objective plans and detailed surveys should go some way to dispel and objections that are based on a subjective representation. We can help you with dust surveys, odour management plans, transport statements, flood risk assessments, drawings and diagrams, contaminated land surveys, air pollution surveys, noise and vibration studies, ecology surveys, habitats surveys, highways and transport data assessments and any other supporting survey that may be required to help the process proceed smoothly.

Please contact Paul Downing & Associates today for an informal discussion on how we can help you with your planning application to the county council or your environmental permit application to the Environment Agency.

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