Plans to allow hazardous waste, including asbestos, to be dumped at Stowey Quarry in the Chew Valley have been rejected by councillors. The decision comes after a petition signed by over 4000 residents was presented to B&NES Council opposing the plans early this month.
Local residents and councillors in the area are celebrating the news after Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Development Control Committee unanimously voted to refuse the planning application. The committee agreed to refuse the application on the grounds that environmental concerns had not been fully addressed, and agreed to note a series of additional concerns by public speakers and councillors.
The area’s local councillor, Vic Pritchard (Cons, Chew Valley South), has welcomed the decision, having supported local residents in their campaign to stop the plans from going ahead. Councillor Pritchard spoke at the meeting and called on the committee to turn down the plans, which have sparked concerns over the impact on the local environment and fears about water contamination at the site, which is near Chew Valley Lake.
Cllr Pritchard said:
“This is great news and will come as a major relief to local residents. The efforts of the local community in opposing these plans are to be commended, and I have been proud to be able to lend my support to their campaign. A huge amount of effort has gone into putting together a strong case against allowing this waste dump to go ahead by the local Action Group.
“Obviously this may not be the end of the matter, as the applicant may decide to appeal this decision. If this does happen, we will continue to oppose the plans and take our arguments to the Planning Inspector.”
Tim Warren, councillor for the neighbouring Mendip ward, also spoke against the application. After the meeting, he said:
“I’m very happy with this outcome and I’m pleased that the planning committee listened to the concerns raised over this application. Many people, some from expert backgrounds, spoke against the plans and made some excellent and valid points, which the committee took on board and agreed to minute.”