Permit application for the proposed North Powys Bulking Facility

Application Reference: PAN-013001

Applicant: Powys County Council

Facility: North Powys Bulking Facility, Abermule Business Park, Abermule, Powys, SY15 6NU

What has happened up until now?

The applicant, Powys County Council, has applied for a permit to operate a new facility for the bulking of non-hazardous material from kerbside collections.

The proposed operation at the site is to accept and process up to 22,500 tonnes per annum of non-hazardous waste. A maximum of 425 tonnes is proposed to be stored at any one time.

The only proposed treatment activity is the bulking up of materials. Materials received on site will be segregated before arrival and therefore will not require any manual sorting or separation.

The application was considered “Duly made” on the 11th March 2021. “Duly made” means that we considered it was in the correct form and contained enough information for us to begin our determination. It does not necessarily mean that the application contains all the information we need to complete our determination.

Our Consultation

We have begun a public consultation relating to this application, which closes on the 1st July 2021. We considered this application was likely to be of high public interest, therefore in accordance with our Public Participation Statement, we have taken appropriate steps to raise awareness of the application to help facilitate responses to the consultation from the public and the community.

Our Public Participation Statement summarises our regulatory remit and what we can consider as part of our determination, this should help to inform any responses to the consultation.

Read our Public Participation Statement.

The consultation is primarily being held on NRW's online consultation hub. The consultation documents are available in different formats on request.

The application and consultation response form are available on NRW's consultation hub.

Respond to the consultation.

If anyone is unable to respond via the consultation hub then a response can be sent via email to, or write to Waste Permitting Service, Natural Resources Wales, Cambria House, 29 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0TP.

A virtual engagement event will also be held as part of the consultation process, which will give residents a chance to ask questions about the application, our role and the assessment process, thereby supporting an individual to then submit an informed response.

The virtual engagement event will take place on 3 June 2021 between 1pm and 7pm. Members of the public can book an individual 20-minute slot to ask questions and discuss the application with an NRW Officer/s. Please note that there may be limited availability.

To enquire please email by 31 May 2021. The calls will take place over Microsoft Teams, which allows for video calling and screen sharing in real time. Microsoft Teams calls can also be accessed via a standard telephone if preferred.

We have consulted with other bodies as per our working together agreements. Listening to others helps us to make better decisions. We make use of the expertise of others and make sure we have considered all the environmental risks.

We have consulted with the following organisations:
• Powys County Council - Planning Department
• Powys County Council - Environmental Health Department
• Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
• Powys Teaching Health Board
• Public Health Wales
• Hafren Dyfrdwy Water Services Company

Correspondence relating to our consultations and consultation responses from these organisations will be placed on our online public register.

Go to our online public register.

Next steps

Our consultation is open until 1 July 2021. On the closure of the consultation, we will begin our technical assessment and determination of the application, ensuring we consider all relevant comments we received.

Following the consultation, we can request further information from the applicant if we need it to complete the determination. Any requests for further information will be placed on the online public register, as will any further information submitted in response by the applicant.

On completion of our determination, we will reach a draft decision to either grant or refuse the permit application. We will then hold a second public consultation on our draft decision, again taking into consideration any relevant comments before reaching a final decision.

This page was updated on 20 May 2021 and will be updated as the application progresses.