The current planning permission for the existing site runs out at the end of 2009 and Sita are applying for this to be changed so that it lasts until 30 June 2012.
The application is linked but has no impact on the separate planning application for the proposed physical extension of the site, which has been called-in by the Government Office for the North East (GONE).
This call-in was the result of an unusual set of circumstances surrounding the passage of the application which saw Sitas plans getting approval from Northumberland County Council on 29 July 2008 but getting rejected by North Tyneside Council last August. The site operations covered both areas. In a further twist, a third party Blyth Borough Council objected to the plans which led to an Article 14 Notice being served to Sita by the Government last July (see MRW story). A public inquiry into this issue has started.
Sita planning manager Annemaire Wilshaw said: The reason we need this extra time is to provide continuity of waste disposal services in south east Northumberland while a planning decision is awaited on the long term future of the landfill site.
North east general manager John Grainger added: We are confident that our proposals for this strategically important landfill site will be vindicated and that we will achieve approval. Councillors and officers in Northumberland have already backed the proposal, and planning professionals at North Tyneside also recommended approval.