Application Number: ESS/30/09/ROC Case Officer: Enguang Lee
Barling Marsh Quarry and Landfill site, off Mucking Hall Lane, Barling Magna
The erection of re-handling pad including pushwalls and netting for the reception,
re-handling and subsequent internal transport of waste in association with the main
operational site planning permission reference ESS/51/08/ROC.
Secretary of State Referral? /No Date 08 September 2009
The 52Ha Barling Marsh quarry and landfill site is located on the southern bank of
the River Roach (Paglesham Reach) approximately 5km east of Rochford and
1.5km north east of the hamlet of Barling. The site is bounded on three sides by
water courses with Potton Creek to the east, Barlinghall Creek to the south and the
River Roach 250m to the north. Access to the site is via a 5km long private haul
road which connects to the B1017 Southend Road.
The Barling Marsh site can be roughly divided in two sections. To the west lies
agricultural land, to the east lies the operational landfilling area. The site office
and weighbridge lie centrally within the site at the terminus of the private haul road.
The closest residential property is located approximately 450m away to the south
of the site.
The site lies wholly within the Metropolitan Green Belt, a flood risk area, the
Coastal Protection Belt, and within a Special Landscape Area.
Planning permission ESS/51/08/ROC dated 29 April 2009 is the overarching
planning permission for the quarry and landfill site which governs all on site landfill
operations, hours of operation and site restoration timescales. Quarrying activity
has now ceased all mineral related plant and machinery has been removed from
site. The last phase of landfilling has commenced and is due for completion by
2013 when the land is due to be restored to agriculture.
The application proposes a new refuse re-handling facility and accompanying hard
core roads located internally within the site. The re-handling facility would consist
of a concrete pad measuring 25m x 12m and concrete pushwalls measuring 2.5m
in height. Plastic litter netting would stand another 3m above the pushwalls which
would be supported by metal poles.
The re-handling facility would utilise an existing concrete wall, a remnant of the
decommissioned mineral plant, and would be located some 60m south-east of the
main site offices and weighbridge. The accompanying hard core roads would link
the main entrance and the re-handling facility approximately 70m away.
The following policies of the East of England Plan (2008) are relevant to this
- Policy ENV7 – Quality in the Built Environment
The following policies of the Rochford District Replacement Local Plan (2006) are
relevant to this application:
- Policy R1 – Development in the Green Belt
- Policy CS2 – Protecting and Enhancing the Natural and Built Environment
ROCHFORD DISTRICT COUNCIL – No comments received.
BARLING MAGNA PARISH COUNCIL – No comments received.
GREAT WAKERING PARISH COUNCIL – No comments received.
ENVIRONMENT AGENCY – No objections, however raised concerns regarding
surface water management proposals.
NATURAL ENGLAND – No objections.
BUILT ENVIRONMENT (Landscape) (ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILTY &
HIGHWAYS) – No objections, however raised concerns regarding screening to the
south of the site.
THE COUNTY COUNCIL’S NOISE CONSULTANT – No objections.
LOCAL MEMBER – Rochford South – No comments received.
No letters of representation have been received from properties which were directly
notified of the application.
The key issues for consideration are:
A. Principle of Development and Need
B. Visual and Environmental Impact
A PRINCIPLE OF DEVELOPMENT AND NEED
The principle of development within land designated as Metropolitan Green Belt
was established in the main planning permission for quarrying and landfill
operations reference ESS/51/08/ROC. The re-handling operation would be
exclusively used in connection with the operations of the site and is therefore
considered appropriate development within the Green Belt. The proposal does not
raise any in-principle land use objections and would accord to Green Belt Local
Plan Policy R1.
Regarding the need for the operation, the applicant has adequately demonstrated
that a re-handling facility would improve site operation efficiency and would
eliminate the need for road going refuse collection vehicles to dispose waste
directly on the landfill working face. Provided that the management practises of
this re-handling operation are satisfactorily implemented, then no objections are
raised on the basis of need.
B VISUAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
The proposal seeks to erect a 2.5m structure with litter netting rising a total of 5.5m
above ground level. Given that the closest dwellings at Barling Cottages are some
distance away, 450m to the south of the site, it is considered the visual impact of
the development is not significant. The litter netting is not a solid structure and the
proposal would replace significantly larger mineral plant and equipment previously
used on the site. The proposed development has also been carefully sited behind
existing mineral stockpiles and bunding. Through discussion with the applicant the
existing bunding would be extended to 3m in height which would ensure maximum
screening for the operation whilst the mineral stockpiles remain on the site. A
planning condition is recommended should this application be approved to secure
such improvements to the existing screening arrangements.
The Environmental Agency has raised concerns regarding surface water
management proposals contained within the application. These concerns however
would be adequately dealt with by the Environment Agency as a variation to the
Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) Permit which would be required. No
objections are raised by Natural England or the County Council’s Ecology Officer
regarding impacts to biodiversity or ecology.
Subject to the inclusion of the abovementioned planning condition the proposal is
considered to satisfy the requirements of East of England Policy ENV7 and
Rochford District Replacement Local Plan Policy CS2.
The proposal would involve the operation of heavy machinery in the vicinity of the
re-handling operation. The County Council’s noise consultant however raised no
objections on noise grounds. The operation would not increase overall vehicle
movements permitted under the main site permission ESS/51/08/ROC.
The re-handling unit proposal is considered a compatible land use activity on this
established and operational landfill site. The proposal raises no in-principle
concerns with regard to environmental impact or amenity and subject to the
imposition of appropriate planning conditions the proposal is considered to be
That planning permission be granted subject to the following conditions:
1 The works hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of 3 years
from the date of permission.
2 That the development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance
with the details submitted by way of the application ESS/30/09/ROC dated
26 June 2009 together with ‘Site Location Plan’ drawing bar008_09 dated 8
June 2009, ‘Existing Site Layout ’ drawing bar009_09 dated 8 June 2009,
‘Proposed Re-Handling Bay Layout’ drawing bar007_09 dated 19 June
2009, ‘Push Wall Details’ drawing bar010_09 dated 19 June 2009 and
‘Planning Application and Supporting Statement’ dated June 2009, except
as varied by the following conditions;
3 Prior to the commencement of development hereby approved details of
bund screening shall be submitted to and approved by the Waste Planning
Authority. The details shall include heights of bunding to 3m to the south
and south west of the development utilising existing stockpiles on site. The
development shall be subsequently implemented in accordance with the
approved details and the bund screening for the re-handling facility shall
remain in situ for as long as stockpiles remain on site.
4 The re-handing facility hereby permitted shall only be used in conjunction
with the operations permitted under planning permission ESS/51/08/ROC
dated 29 April 2009.
5 The development hereby permitted including any foundations,
hardstandings and access roadways used in connection with this permission
shall be removed at such time or times the Mineral Planning Authority may
determine they are no longer required but not later than one year after the
completion of landfilling operations, whichever the earlier, and the land
restored to agriculture in accordance with Condition 16 of planning
1. To comply with Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
2. For the avoidance of doubt as to the nature of the development hereby
permitted and to ensure the development is carried out in accordance with
the approved plans and East of England Plan Policy ENV7 and Local Plan
Policies R1 and CS2.
3. To help minimise the visual impact of the development in the interests of
local amenity and compliance with East of England Plan Policy ENV7 and
Local Plan Policy CS2
4. The site is within the Metropolitan Green Belt and the re-handling facility is
considered appropriate development on the basis that it is solely required in
connection with the established landfill operations in accordance with East
of England Plan Policy ENV7 and Local Plan Policies R1 and CS2.
5. To ensure that the land is operated and restored to a beneficial afteruse in
compliance with East of England Plan Policy ENV7 and Local Plan Policy
REASON FOR APPROVAL
Subject to the imposition of the attached conditions, the proposal is considered
acceptable having been assessed in the light of all material considerations and
against the relevant regional and local planning policy:
East of England Plan (2008)
Policy ENV7 – Quality in the Built Environment
Rochford District Replacement Local Plan (2006)
Policy R1 – Development in the Green Belt
Policy CS2 – Protecting and Enhancing the Natural and Built Environment
And there are no other policies or other material considerations which are
overriding or warrant the withholding of permission.
By virtue of the powers delegated to me I hereby accept and approve the
for Head of Environmental Planning Date 8 September 2009