Arpley Landfill Site to close

Arpley_(compressed).jpgArpley Landfill Site in central Warrington is set to close after Secretary of State for Local Government Eric Pickles accepted a recommendation from a Planning Inspector that further Planning Permission be refused.

The Planning Inspector appointed to hear the appeal, Mr Alan Boyland concluded that the harm caused to the Green Belt "is not clearly outweighed by other considerations so as to amount to the very special circumstances necessary to justify the development."

Mr Boyland has now recommended that "the need beyond about 2017 is not compelling" and that the appeal should be refused.

Commenting, David Mowat MP said:

"I'm delighted that the Inspector and the Secretary of State now agree with local residents here in Warrington. They have had to put up with this site for long enough.

"Congratulations to all those who campaigned tirelessly to get this application blocked."

Read the Decision Letter and the Inspector's Report

See more of David's work on Arpley Landfill Site

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  • commented 2014-10-26 20:39:07 +0000
    I just want to say that I am grateful to David for supporting our campaign to close Arpley Landfill. It has been a long and at times frustrating journey but because of the supoort we have had from you and many others, it has brought us a great result with the refusal of FCC’s Appeal to operate for a further 12 years and importantly closer to our goal.
    I hope that when we next attend the Public Inquiry in February 2015, to battle against FCC Environment’s 5 Year Appeal, we will get the same result..!
    Thanks again David…
  • commented 2014-10-25 02:35:06 +0100
    Fantastic news even though tinged with the prospect of another appeal!!! Why when a decision is made can it be overturned! Ive lived in the Liverpool Road area for 38 years & now living in Chelsea Gardens & we are subjected to traffic pollution, noise polution, smell, dust, dirt & vibration!!! Enough is enough!! They have had their time dumping rubbish from other boroughs/councils – dump it somewhere else!!!!! Even my 6 & 9 year old daughters are against Arpley!!!!!
  • commented 2014-10-24 15:28:29 +0100
    Stephen, judging by the comments that FCC has made to the Warrington Guardian, it suggests they may not go to Judicial Review of this decision, but will be continuing with their Appeal. Even if they do, it does not necessarily mean that Permission will be granted – just that the Secretary of State needs to review his original decision.

    However, it does appear that they will against the Council’s refusal to grant a 5-year licence extension

    However, as the Secretary of State has been very clear that he sees no need for Arpley to operate beyond 2017, it is difficult to see how that appeal could be allowed either.
  • commented 2014-10-24 12:28:40 +0100
    Great news! The letter says they can appeal this decision also. Do we know the likelihood of this happening?