Adding value with alternative considerations for dealing with tunnel arisings
Dalcour Maclaren were commissioned by Severn Trent Water Limited to seek full planning permission for the retention and spreading of tunnel arisings on land at Quibell’s Lane, Newark, related to recent sewer upgrade works in the town. Initial pre-application advice from Nottingham County Council indicated that they would not support an application predominantly due to their perception that it did not accord with current policies within the Waste Core Strategy.
The technical expertise, knowledge, understanding and skill demonstrated by the team enabled the client to tackle an otherwise challenging case, both in terms of planning and technical project detail. The successful application saved the client considerable time and costs, not only in securing planning consent, but also by ensuring the suitable reuse of surplus material, saving haulage costs and providing a environmental benefit by reducing the need for a substantial number of HGV movements.
We provided a robust evidence-based planning application including a supporting statement, Flood Risk Assessment and additional information on the suitability of the material for agricultural enhancement and benefit.
The supporting statement demonstrated a detailed understanding of planning policy and planning system and firm evidence of adherence to the appropriate policies that were applicable to this site. Our in-house Environment and Planning team used their detailed technical knowledge of soils, ground materials, hydrogeology, flood risk and experience in a wide range of quarrying and land development sites (with regard to contaminated land and understanding of the CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments) Definition of Waste Industry Code of Practice, to propose moving away from waste deposit and towards waste recovery and overall spreading of material for agricultural enhancement.
The Wider Scheme: In Numbers
• 25km of pipework was installed in one town to improve both foul and clean water networks, enough to stretch from Newark to Lincoln.
• 3km of the tunnel dug beneath Newark’s busy and historic streets, is large enough to drive a transit van under the town.
• 400 property owners no longer have to worry about regular sewer flooding, protected by a state-of-the-art pump station that could empty 65 baths every second that it operates.