Monitoring minerals and waste sites
The Town and Country Planning Act enables us to monitor mineral and landfill sites and charge a fee for this work.
This helps us:
- Monitor all minerals and waste permissions granted by the County Council.
- Build relationships between the site operator/owners and the local community.
- Ensure development is carried out in accordance with planning conditions and other planning obligations.
- Monitor potential breaches to avoid formal enforcement action later.
- Improve relationships and information collection with other monitoring agencies.
- Checking the use and effectiveness of conditions and planning obligations, informing future decision-making.
- Protecting the environment and public amenities.
We monitor active sites, whether chargeable or non-chargeable, such as waste transfer stations and composting facilities, 5 times a year. This frequency can be changed depending on circumstances. If issues arise which we have no authority to control we pass them to the appropriate authorities eg Environment Agency, District Councils' Environmental Health officers or the Health and Safety Executive.
Site monitoring report
Findings of site investigations are published in a site monitoring report. Breaches of conditions are categorised by severity as either technical, material or significant breaches. Depending on the severity of breaches, as well as the overall condition of the site, the report also outlines the action which should be taken. It also states the action we will take. This can include:
- None except for further monitoring if there are no significant issues.
- Liaising with the site operators to get them to address any problems.
- Liaising with other agencies where issues come under their jurisdiction.
- Recommending enforcement action and referring the case to enforcement officers if significant breaches are found which are not quickly rectified.
Costs vary depending on the nature of the site. The cost for an operational site is £288 and the cost for a dormant site is £96. This is the figure for each visit. There may be up to 8 per year. The number of inspections for each site is discussed with the site operator at the beginning of the financial year and is based on:
- Size and type of development
- Number and complexity of conditions and issues requiring monitoring
- Stage of development of the site. (More frequent inspections may be required during site reparation, installation of plant, soil stripping, restoration etc)
- Past compliance rating of the site