More information needed about controversial landfill site at former Derbyshire Colliery

The Stockley Trail off Stockley Lane, Glapwell which leads to the old Glapwell Colliery site.
The Stockley Trail off Stockley Lane, Glapwell which leads to the old Glapwell Colliery site.

More information is needed about proposals to landfill 90,000 tonnes of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste in Glapwell before it can be considered by Derbyshire County Council’s planning committee.

A planning application was submitted to the county council by Derbyshire Waste Limited – a subsidiary of waste management company FCC Environment – on 18 October 2016 for land on Stockley Lane known as ‘Glapwell 3’.

The proposals include plans to restore the site to form a country park for public use, including features such as cycle paths and picnic areas.

A public consultation was held by the county council to give local people the chance to have their say about the proposals and more than 70 comments were received.

An online petition has been launched opposing the plans to infill and restore an area of land on part of the site of the former Glapwell Colliery.

All the consultation responses are currently being considered by the county council and comments can still be made by emailing planningrepresentations@derbyshire.gov.uk Further information will be needed from Derbyshire Waste Limited based on comments received so far to understand the potential effects of the development on the environment.

Councillor Dean Collins, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure said: “Our planning committee considers each planning application on its individual merits and is impartial. As with any other planning application, each planning decision it makes is based on objective analysis of evidence, taking into account local and national planning policies and the relevant comments of the public and statutory consultees.

“We need more information about this proposal before we can make an objective decision on whether it is suitable for planning permission and there will be a further opportunity for local people to give their views once we receive further information from the applicant. We’ll publish this information on our website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/Glapwellplanning

The application is not expected to be considered by the county council’s planning committee before June 2017.