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Government calls in Sita's landfill plans

Sita UKs ambitions to get approval for an extension to its Northumberland being landfill site at Seghill have taken a further knock with its proposals being blocked.

The Government Office for the North East (GONE), a part of central Government that advises the Secretary of State, called-in the planning application on September 20 and Sita has expressed disappointment at this situation.

The call-in means that it has moved out of the hands of the local authority to the planning inspectorate so that the Government will determine what is going to happen next.

This call-in is the latest move in an unusual set of circumstances surrounding the passage of the application which has seen the plans getting approval from Northumberland County Council on July 29 and getting rejected from North Tyneside Council on August 14.  The site operations cover both areas. In a further twist, a third party - Blyth Valley Borough Council -objected to the plans which led to an Article 14 Notice being served to Sita by the GONE in July.

Sita had hoped to enlarge the geographical area used for landfilling activity and also extend the life of site operations by 15 years.

Sita general manager for the north east John Grainger said: We were naturally disappointed that one of the participating authorities did not support our plans and are equally disappointed that this matter will now go to a public inquiry. However, we are confident that the Secretary of State will acknowledge the strategic importance of our case and the robustness of this particular planning application.

Waste production in the north-east continues to increase and the region needs well run, quality sites like Seghill Landfill to ensure that waste is managed safely and effectively.

This company has made it clear that refusal of this application will have significant implications, not only for its own operations, but also for the regions local authorities who have a statutory responsibility to ensure there are outlets for the waste they collect from households, and for local businesses which need to dispose of their waste in easily accessible central sites.

Previous story, Sita's lanfill plans get left in limbo, (15/08/09)

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