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Addingham farm won’t be allowed to take 16,000 tons of waste
A waste-tipping plan for an Addingham farm has been rejected by councillors more than 20 months after it was submitted for consideration.
North Yorkshire County Council’s planning committee refused permission for the plan to tip thousands of tons of soil and inert waste at Farfield Farm.
The plan for the land, owned by the Duke of Devonshire, would have seen waste tipped into a ravine at the Bolton Road farm with the aim of making the land more accessible to agricultural machinery and making it suitable for grazing.
But councillors agreed with the officers’ recommendation to refuse the plan.
Officials said the proposal did not comply with national planning policy, as well as policies of the North Yorkshire Waste Local Plan.
In a report to the committee, officers said: “It is considered that the proposed development cannot be considered as agricultural improvement and must, therefore, be viewed as a landfill operation.
“Furthermore, the need for the scale of tipping operations on land, comprising the importation of 160,000 tons of inert waste material to depths of some five metres for a duration of five years, has not been demonstrated.”
The planning application was submitted in January 2012, but the council sought several extensions for the time taken to determine the scheme.
They delayed their decision this summer to allow a site visit to take place.
Objections and concerns were raised by local residents and organisations, with issues raised including impact on the landscape, as well as heavy truck movements on the narrow rural roads in the area.
Representations were made by Draughton Parish Council, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Addingham Civic Society and the nearby Bracken Ghyll Golf Club.
Addingham Parish Council and Bradford Council also made submissions about the potential impact of up to 60 heavy goods vehicle movements a day at peak times.
Yorkshire Dales Society felt there was no overriding need for the development and pointed out it would be visible from Beamsley Beacon.
North Yorkshire County Council’s landscape team acknowledged there would be some adverse visual impacts but these would be low.
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