De Pol were appointed by Brosters Environmental Ltd to prepare and submit a planning application to relax conditions attached to a planning permission which controlled hours of operation and vehicle movements at a composting site in rural Lancashire.
We assembled a project team which included Highways experts and regulatory compliance experts to prepare a suite of documents to support the application. We also prepared a bespoke planning statement that drew together the expert evidence and demonstrated why the proposal complied with relevant local and national waste planning policies.
Upon submission, the Council argued that the application required an Environmental Statement; however De Pol successfully convinced the Council that they were mis-applying the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations and they withdrew this requirement. It is estimated that our actions saved the client over £5,000 in additional fees that would otherwise have been incurred.
Whilst the application was being considered, the Council launched a public consultation on its waste site allocations and De Pol were instructed to make representations to the plan on the client’s behalf. By providing detailed evidence on the site’s planning history (confirming its status of Previously Developed Land) and undertaking a detailed scoring analysis, we proved that the site scored highly in sustainability terms and was therefore favourable for allocation in the Council’s emerging waste plan.
A decision is expected on the application imminently and the next round of consultation on the waste plan will begin in early 2017.