Planning decision delayed on controversial asphalt plant

A decision on whether a controversial asphalt plant will be allowed to be built near Brandesburton has been put back.

Members of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning committee voted to defer a decision at their meeting.

Newlay Asphalt Ltd and M B Goodwin (Skipsea) Ltd want to construct an asphalt plant and storage building on the site of a former airfield at the junction of Bridlington Road and Catfoss Lane.

The application is widely regarded as being one of the most controversial applications in a lifetime.

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The plan has attracted 376 letters of objections from local residents, who are concerned about noise, odour and pollution.

Four local parish councils have asked for the proposal to be thrown out and East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has also written to express his concerns.

Despite the scale of objection, councillors were advised to approve the application in a report by planning officers.

However, they insisted they needed more information about the scheme before making a decision.
Speaking on behalf of the residents at the meeting, Adrian Olsen said: “The application is widely regarded as being one of the most controversial applications in a lifetime.”

He said that if it was allowed to happen, it would have a ‘severe’ and ‘very negative’ impact on the surrounding area.

He said the applicants had not made any attempt to engage with the local community and that parish councillors had been alarmed when they had visited a similar plant near Norwich.

“The objections you have in front of you are not a kneejerk reaction,” he told councillors, saying it was ‘difficult to imagine a less welcome’ project because it was ‘wholly inappropriate’.

In response Jamie Brown, operations director for Dewsbury-based Newlay Asphalt Ltd, told councillors that a large percentage of the material used for roads in East Yorkshire was brought from West Yorkshire, creating ‘thousands of unnecessary road miles every year’.

He said technological advances meant odour had been reduced by 90 per cent and that many of the points raised by objectors were based on a misleading Google article about asphalt plants in America.

He said his company had ‘more than demonstrated’ reasons to approve the application, adding it would bring ‘a positive benefit to the wider East Riding economy’, with the creation of around 12 jobs.

However, members of the council were not convinced. Cllr Jane Evison, whose East Wolds and Coastal ward covers Brandesburton, said she was ‘very much in favour of new start-up businesses’ but this was the wrong project in the wrong location and that she was ‘adding her voice’ to the objectors.

The council’s chairman, Cllr John Whittle said the plant would have a negative impact on tourism in the area, and said people would not want to bring their friends to holiday parks in the area if there was a ‘clanking monstrosity’ nearby, adding it would inevitably create ‘a heck of a racket’.

He said his colleagues had to show ‘a bit of common sense and put an asphalt plant in the right place’.

Councillors voted to defer a decision until more information had been provided about additional landscaping around the site and further details had been given by the public protection department.

They also insisted that a site visit was made to an existing asphalt plant of a similar scale, likely to be one owned by Newlay at Dewsbury.

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