Environmental Impact Assessments Outcomes

Ecology

As the proposed western extension land is primarily arable and the ENRMF site is already cleared and part restored, the losses of ecological resource are minimal. Based on the proposed site design and initial enhancement measures together with the progressive restoration of the site to open woodland, wildflower grassland, and hedged corridors, the development will be undertaken with minimal impact on the ecological interest at and in the vicinity of the site.

0.5km of species poor hedgerow will be replaced by 3km of species rich hedgerow in the proposed western extension.

Early planting and enhancements in the proposed western extension will create early biodiversity gain, with linkages between adjacent woodlands. 

The progressive restoration of the site will steadily extend the mosaic of habitats, creating and improving linkages between adjacent woodlands.

The proposals will result in a net biodiversity gain for habitats of some 110% and hedgerows of 550%. A new watercourse which crosses the proposed western extension and provides several small pools and a small area of wet woodland will also be created.

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Landscape

Features and Character

There will be no significant loss of vegetation during operations and a significant net gain in vegetation features over the long term, following restoration. Although Landform will be permanently raised, it will be consistent with the existing landfill topography. 

While the character of the extension area itself will inevitably be substantially changed during the operations, the impact on the surrounding landscape character will be of reduced significance due to the influence of the existing landfill, other mineral operations in the locality and the generally well screened location. Long term, the restored site will be characteristic of the rural surroundings. 

Visual

The site will only be noticeably visible from two properties to the southeast. Otherwise, the views are very transient and/ or well screened from footpaths and roads or at substantial distance.

The proposed restoration of the site will have a beneficial impact on landscape character and the views of the site in the landscape.  Public access via a network of permissive footpaths will also be beneficial. 

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Water quality is protected by containment measures such as clay lining of the landfill.  The Environment Agency regulates the risk assessment, design, construction and monitoring of these measures to ensure they are effective and there is no significant impact on surface water or groundwater quality.

Drainage from the site will be controlled through ditches and attenuation ponds so that there is no material change in surface water flows from the site.

Air

The potential for emissions of dust and gas from the proposed western extension will be similar to those from the existing site.  These are regulated by the Environment Agency and Augean has shown through monitoring that they are controlled and do not result in significant impact.

_JFP5544Transport and Traffic

The increase in inputs to the site will only result in an additional two deliveries per hour (a total of 4 vehicle movements) which it is agreed with the Highways Authority is not significant.

Augean has robust wheel cleaning facilities and procedures in place and has recently made improvements to the site entrance that further ensure operations do not affect road safety.

_JFP5093Noise

Monitoring shows the site noise can be maintained at levels which do not cause nuisance.

Amenity

Complaints regarding the operation of the site are rare indicating the site does not result in a significant amenity impact. 

Health

All emissions including chemical or radiological are controlled to meet the levels specified in legislation and regulated under the Environmental Permit ensuring human health (and the environment) is protected.  Augean will continue to monitor its performance against these limits demonstrating that the site is safe.

 

The full Environmental Statement includes the details regarding how the above conclusions have been reached and also includes assessments of the impacts on archaeology, soil resources and agriculture, socio economics and wellbeing.

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