Gove urged to get involved in tip furore

Gove urged to get involved in tip furore

By Gareth Dennison | 19/11/2021

Gove urged to get involved in tip furore

 

SARAH Champion made another plea for government intervention as concerns grow that Droppingwell tip could be operational by Christmas.

Operators Grange Landfill were granted the Environment Agency permit five years ago and have been preparing the Kimberworth site for reopening.

The tip was sealed and left to nature after being closed following a public inquiry in the 1990s — and Rotherham MP Ms Champion called for the Government to “explore all options before it is too late”.

In a letter to Michael Gove, the levelling up, communities and local government secretary, she said: “Since the site was granted an environmental permit, together with local councillors we, as elected representatives, have worked hard to oppose the tip, to speak up for local residents and businesses, and to lobby those with authority to stop the development to do so.

“To date, all our efforts have been unsuccessful, and the reopening of the tip appears imminent.”

Ms Champion said it was clear that the Environment Agency would not rescind the permit despite “serious” concerns about the tip being raised.

She added: “I am appalled by the manner in which the tip, which stands on the verge of becoming fully operational, has been allowed to proceed with no regard for the views of local residents, businesses or elected officials.

“I have called on the Government time and time again to step in. I hope that they will take the opportunity, at such a late stage, to stand beside residents in the face of this wholly unwelcome development.”

Grange Landfill’s permit will allow the dumping of 205,000 tonnes of waste a year. It is being allowed to reopen thanks to this document and the original planning permission from the 1950s.

Ms Champion said the Government should use the forthcoming Planning Bill to close the loophole relating to the latter.

She added: “I am extremely concerned by the implications of this situation for the wider planning framework.

“The fact that what is essentially a new development has been allowed to proceed without scrutiny by utilising historic planning permission is deeply troubling.

“I hope you will be able to use the bill to close this loophole by ensuring that planning for landfill sites lapses after a given period of dormancy.”

Closing the loophole would be too late for Droppingwell but protect other communities from similar situations, the MP said.



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