Drama as controversial Melton Waste Park expansion plans partially approved

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 29 Mar 2019

Controversial plans to expand an East Yorkshire waste plant have been partially approved in a dramatic council planning meeting. 

Councillors voted to give to the go-ahead for a new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant to be installed at by Melton Energy Park. 

However, separate plans by Transwaste to expand the site into a 24-hour waste processing facility were narrowly rejected, in a victory for local residents.

More than 800 objections were levelled against the two applications to expand operations at the Gibson Lane plant, with residents fearing extra noise, smell and traffic.

Proposals by Melton Energy Tech to install a dry AD plant - the first of its kind in the country - were given the green light.

READ MORE: Controversial Melton Waste Park expansion plans 'too complex' to make decision on

 â€‹Transwaste’s planning consultant Dan Grierson assured the committee the AD plant would have sealed digesters, thereby preventing emissions.

He said the plant would deal with organic waste rather than food waste and approximately 100,000 tonnes of feedstock would be processed annually on site, reducing vehicle movements.

Despite this, plans for the Transwaste site to operate internally for 24 hours a day 7 days a week were rejected, on the grounds of its impact on local residents.

It was revealed in the meeting that a total of 35 complaints have been in made the last five years regarding Transwaste's operations at Melton.

There were also claims that the company has repeatedly breached its existing planning conditions in terms of its operating hours.

 George Cook, general manager at Transwaste, told councillors that the current operating hours are unreasonably restrictive and that the new extended hours would give the company more time to address odour issues.

He said overnight working would allow the company to be better organised, with a structured routine and maintenance plan to ensure a smoother operation for all its processes.

Speaking against both plans, East Riding ward Councillor Julie Abraham lamented the "strong and pungent" odours already being emitted from the site, adding such odours would only get worse for nearby local residents in Welton and North Ferriby.

She said: "Having a 24 hour operation would lead to overnight noise, believe me the noise from this plant will carry as well as generating more odour."

Meanwhile, Councillor David Rudd emphasised the 31 conditions in place to protect neighbouring communities, adding that he believes the applicant is fully aware of these.

He also pointed out that the council has a strong enforcement team to ensure that all conditions are met.

Councillors approved the AD plant by seven votes to four, adding that a community liaison committee could be set up. Transwaste's expansion were narrowly turned down by six votes to five.



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