The appeal proposal involved tipping up to 20,000 tonnes of waste each year. The council alleged that the appellant had deliberately extracted clay from the site without permission; the appellant responded that permission had not been required. The inspector decided that restoring the site would be a material benefit, allowing its original contours to be reinstated. The fact that the appellant might benefit from the tipping operations did not alter his findings on this matter.
He was satisfied that the waste, involving residual materials from recycling facilities and construction projects, could not be effectively dealt with in any other way. He found that the operation would also generate wildlife improvements, including calcareous grassland, and access improvements that would also enhance safety at an adjoining industrial park. These amounted to very special circumstances, he concluded.
Inspector: Nick Palmer; Hearing