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Proposed Strategic Landfill Site at Archallagan Plantation 4 May 2007

The Department of Local Government and the Environment has announced today that it has submitted an application for planning permission for a strategic landfill site at Archallagan plantation.

The scheme is a smaller version of, but for the same purposes as, the Department’s earlier proposal for the site, which received planning permission in 2003 following a public inquiry conducted by an independent planning inspector.

The Department has since been reviewing options and looking again at alternative sites in the light of decreasing volumes of waste and the emergence of private landfill sites.

It has concluded that progressing the Archallagan site is still the only viable option if the Island is to have a modern, publicly-owned national facility, fully-engineered to EU standards, that can dispose safely of wastes that are neither inert nor incinerable, plus contingency wastes.

The proposed site would take up to eight per cent of Archallagan plantation, and would be expected to handle lower volumes of waste than the original plan, meaning less traffic movement in the area.

The new site would also be further away from the nearest noise-sensitive property, so removing the risk of noise nuisance.

At present waste that is neither inert nor suitable for incineration in the Energy-from-Waste plant still has to be transported to the Wright’s Pit North site near the Point of Ayre, which only has planning permission to take this waste until the end of next year. John Shimmin, MHK , Minister for Local Government & the Environment, said,

“The site area is the same as in the original application which received planning permission in 2003. However, due to considerable developments in finding alternative disposal routes for waste and the success of recycling initiatives, the size of the actual landfill facility has been significantly reduced from 1,000,000 m3 to 500,000m3. If the planning application is successful the scheme will be phased in as and when the space is required. However, with the predicted volumes being considerably reduced from those in the original application, this will consequently reduce the expected traffic movements to the site and extend the life of the site to 20-25 years.
It is acknowledged that there has been, and will remain, public opposition to the scheme. However, I am convinced that it is essential that the Island quickly identifies and provides an essential alternative modern fully-lined, strategic landfill facility in advance of the closure of Wright’s Pit North in Bride at the end of 2008.”

As the application has been submitted by the Department, an independent inspector will be appointed to consider the application and recommend to the Council of Ministers whether the application should be approved or not.

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