Councilors have unanimously rejected plans to use a quarry in Chew Valley, Bristol to dispose of hazardous waste, including asbestos.
The Bath and North East Somerset Councilors followed the guidance of planners, who recommended the application be refused, stating that ‘it had not been demonstrated that the quarry was an appropriate location to dispose of asbestos.’
The application, by Oaktree Environmental Ltd, requested that the site be used to bury 150,000 tonnes a year of waste over a 10-year period. Campaigners feared that asbestos could leech via springs into the Chew Valley reservoir which is about 1.2 miles (2km) from the site. One campaigner from Stop Stowey Quarry Action Group said the decision “reflected the weight of public opinion”.
The applicant still has the right of appeal and campaigners have vowed to continue the fight should this occur. Planning permission was originally granted in July 2011 but later quashed in the High Court after the council was told the application had not been advertised in accordance with Environmental Impact Assessment regulations.
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Published Sep 28, 2012