Permit application for the proposed North Powys Bulking Facility

Application Reference: PAN-013001

Applicant: Powys County Council

Facility: North Powys Bulking Facility, Abermule Business Park, Abermule, Powys, SY15 6NU

What has happened up until now?

The applicant, Powys County Council, has applied for a permit to operate a new facility for the bulking of non-hazardous material from kerbside collections.

The proposed operation at the site is to accept and process up to 22,500 tonnes per annum of non-hazardous waste. A maximum of 425 tonnes is proposed to be stored at any one time.

The only proposed treatment activity is the bulking up of materials. Materials received on site will be segregated before arrival and therefore will not require any manual sorting or separation.

The application was considered “Duly made” on the 11th March 2021. “Duly made” means that we considered it was in the correct form and contained enough information for us to begin our determination. It does not necessarily mean that the application contains all the information we need to complete our determination.

We held a public consultation relating to this application, which closed on the 1st July 2021. We considered this application was likely to be of high public interest, therefore in accordance with our Public Participation Statement, we took appropriate steps to raise awareness of the application to help facilitate responses to the consultation from the public and the community.

Read our Public Participation Statement.

A virtual engagement event was held on the 3rd June 2021 as part of the consultation process, this gave residents an opportunity to ask questions about the application, our role and the assessment process, thereby supporting an individual to submit an informed response.

We consulted with other bodies as per our working together agreements. Listening to others helps us to make better decisions. We make use of the expertise of others and make sure we have considered all the environmental risks.

We have consulted with the following organisations:

• Powys County Council - Planning Department
• Powys County Council - Environmental Health Department
• Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
• Powys Teaching Health Board
• Public Health Wales
• Hafren Dyfrdwy Water Services Company

Correspondence relating to our consultations and consultation responses from these organisations has been placed on our online public register.

We sent Powys County Council an initial request for information via a Schedule 5 notice on 16 July 2021. This is a legal notice requiring information to be provided by a specific date. We received a response to this request and assessed the information.

All documentation is available via our public register.

Go to our online public register 

Next steps

We sent Powys County Council another request for information via a Schedule 5 notice on 01 October. This is unrelated to our initial Schedule 5 request. The notice is available to view via our public register.

Following a request from the applicant, we agreed to a short extension to our initial deadline of 1 November 2021. The new deadline for submission was 12 November 2021.

We received a response to the second Schedule 5 notice within the required deadline of the 12 November 2021. The documents received have been uploaded to our Public Register.

Following our assessment of the response, we have identified a number of areas that still require clarification and as such the notice remains open. The applicant will be given an opportunity to provide that clarification.

Separately to this request for clarification on the second Schedule 5 request issued to the applicant, we have identified a number of new questions as a result of our ongoing assessment. We will issue a new Schedule 5 on 14 January 2022 outlining these questions. The deadline for response is 31 January 2022.

We may need to request further information from the applicant as our determination continues and we consider all comments received as a result of our consultation. Any requests for further information will be placed on the online public register along with any subsequent responses. We will update this page to reflect that.

On completion of our determination, we will reach a draft decision to either grant or refuse the permit application. We will then hold a second public consultation on our draft decision, again taking into consideration any relevant comments before reaching a final decision.

This page was updated on 14 January 2022 and will be updated as the application progresses.

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