Councillors reject controversial plans for asphalt plant

Campaigners have won their battle to prevent a controversial asphalt plant being built on the outskirts of their village.

East Riding councillors rejected a planning application to build the facility near Brandesburton, despite council officers recommending that the scheme should be given the go-ahead.

More than 400 people had sent letters opposing Newlay Asphalt’s attempts to build a plant capable of coating 100 tonnes of road stone with bitumen per hour.

The scale of local opposition was unprecedented and demonstrated the widespread concern generated.

Cllr Keith Bardon

Members of the council’s planning committee decided that the application should be turned down because ‘it will introduce a heavy industrial process into what is intrinsically a rural countryside location which is out of keeping for that location and for which there is no functional need’.

East Wolds and Coastal ward councillor Jane Evison spoke against the plans at the committee meeting on Thursday, 18th August.

She told the Wolds Weekly: “I, along with Brandesburton Parish Council and local residents, was delighted by the decision to refuse the application for an asphalt site at Brandesburton.

“Having spoken on two occasions to oppose the application my reasons have remained the same, those being, that the site at Brandesburton is entirely the wrong location for a development of this nature and there is also the question over environmental issues.

“I am very supportive of new business and hope that the applicant will endeavour to find an alternative site where he can proceed with his plans for an asphalt plant.

“However, for many years we have worked to create a quality tourism offer where people will visit and enjoy our lovely countryside.

“An asphalt plant is totally out of keeping in open countryside and as one councillor pointed out, if a development needs so much screening to make it acceptable then perhaps it just shouldn’t be there.”

The committee deferred making a decision in June, so it could visit one of Newlay’s other plants in Dewsbury, which was said to be of a similar scale.

Councillors were told there had not been any nuisance complaints in that location and East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s public protection department had confirmed that emission levels for the proposed application were within acceptable levels.

However, the committee members went against the recommendation of the council officers.
Among the hundreds of objectors was East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight.

He told the Wolds Weekly that the council had made the right decision in refusing the application.

Sir Greg said: “I am pleased that the council listened to the views of the objectors, myself included.

“The issue of potential negative impacts from, and of, the proposed development was the central issue. Further, there was no particular reason to locate the proposal in this location and it would have resulted in an out-of-place large scale industrial plant being built in the open countryside, destroying the rural character of the area.”

Four local parish councils had objected to the plans throughout the planning process.

Cllr Keith Bardon, chairman of Brandesburton Parish Council, said: “The parish council is very pleased with the ERYC’s decision to refuse permission for what would have been a very damaging development.

“The scale of local opposition was unprecedented and demonstrated the widespread concern generated.

“In our opinion the decision is in the best interests of the local environment, residents, businesses and visitors.

“We would like to thank our ward and local councillors for their support and residents for their help in opposing the application.”

The Wolds Weekly approached Newlay for a comment but did not receive a response before going to press.

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