Permit Application for proposed North Powys Bulking Facility at Abermule

Position Statement

Application Reference: PAN-018305

Applicant: Powys County Council

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

What has happened up until now?

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

Proposed operations at the site will be to accept and process up to 22,500 tonnes per annum (tpa) of non-hazardous waste.  A maximum of 425 tonnes is proposed to be kept on site 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.

A previous application from Powys County Council (PAN-013001) was refused earlier this year.

Read about why the application was refused.

The new application includes additional information to be assessed. Read an outline of the additional information provided by Powys County Council.

The application was considered “Duly made” on 9 June 2022. “Duly made” means that we have considered that the application is in the correct form and contains 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.

Next steps

We will carry out a public consultation on the permit application as it was submitted. The consultation will start on 12 October 2022 and will run for six weeks. It will close on 23 November 2022.

The consultation is primarily being held on our online consultation hub. The consultation documents are available in different formats on request.

Read the consultation documents and give your views.

We have considered that this application is likely to generate a high level of public interest. Therefore - in accordance with our Public Participation Statement - we will be taking appropriate steps to raise awareness of the application and the consultation, to ensure that the public and the community can have their say on the application.

Our Public Participation Statement also summarises our regulatory remit and what we can consider as part of our determination. This should help to inform any responses to the consultation.

Read our Public Participation Statement.

A virtual engagement session will also be held as part of the consultation process, which will give residents a chance to ask NRW officers questions about the application, our role and the assessment process, thereby supporting an individual to then submit an informed response.

The virtual engagement session will take place on 27 October between 1pm and 7pm. Members of the public can book an individual 20-minute slot to ask questions and discuss the application with NRW officer(s). Please note that slots will be located based on reasonable availability.

To book your 20-minute slot, please email permittingconsultations@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk.

We will also consult with other organisations 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 will consult with the following organisations. This may include others if we feel it is necessary:

  • 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 consultation with other organisations will be available on our Online Public Register, as will their responses.

Read documents about this application on our Online Public Register.

After the consultation has ended, we will begin our technical assessment and determination of the application. We will consider all relevant comments from the consultation in this process.

After the consultation, we can request further information from the applicant if we need it to complete the determination. Any requests for further information will be placed on the online public register, as will any information the applicant submits in response our requests.

After the determination process, we will reach a draft decision to either grant or refuse the permit application. If that decision is to grant a permit, we will then re-consult with the public on our draft decision, again taking into consideration any relevant comments before reaching a final decision.  

This page will be updated as the application progresses.

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