Monitoring minerals and waste sites
The Town and Country Planning Act enables us to monitor mineral, landfill sites and charge a fee for this work.
This helps us:
- Monitor all minerals and waste granted by the Authority.
- 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.
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 outlines the action to be taken. 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.
Under regulation 15 of the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended) mineral planning authorities dealing with county matter applications can charge to monitor mineral and landfill permissions. This covers initial implementation to the end of the period of aftercare required by a condition of the planning permission.
The fee for a site visit is £397 where the whole or part of the site is active, or £132 in any other case
A maximum of 8 chargeable visits to active sites can be undertaken (additional visits can be conducted with no charge). The number of inspections for each site is discussed with the site operator at the beginning of the financial year and is based on factors including:
- 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 preparation, installation of plant, soil stripping, restoration etc.)
- Past compliance rating of the site