Permit Application for proposed North Powys Bulking Facility at Abermule

Position Statement

Application Reference: PAN-018305

Applicant: Powys County Council

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

What has happened up until now?

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

Proposed operations at the site will be to accept and process up to 22,500 tonnes per annum (tpa) of non-hazardous waste. A maximum of 425 tonnes is proposed to be kept on site 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.

A previous application from Powys County Council (PAN-013001) was refused earlier this year.

Read about why the application was refused.

The new application includes additional information to be assessed. Read an outline of the additional information provided by Powys County Council.

The application was considered “Duly made” on 9 June 2022. “Duly made” means that we have considered that the application is in the correct form and contains 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.

We held a public consultation relating to this application, which closed on 23 November 2022. We considered this application was likely to be of high public interest, therefore in accordance with our Public Participation Statement, we took appropriate steps to raise awareness of the application to help facilitate responses to the consultation from the public and the community.

A virtual engagement event was held on 27 October 2022 as part of the consultation process, this gave any interested members of the community an opportunity to ask questions about the application, our role and the assessment process, thereby supporting an individual to submit an informed response.

We 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 consultation with other organisations will be available on our Online Public Register, as will their responses.

Read documents about this application on our Online Public Register.


Next steps

We have finished our technical assessment and have reached a draft decision that we are minded to issue the permit. This would allow Powys County Council to operate the site as set out in their application.

Before making a final decision, we are consulting on our draft decision and a draft permit. This is to explain the decision to the public and other interested parties and to give them the opportunity to make relevant comments on our draft decision.

Unless we receive information that leads us to alter the conditions in the draft permit, or to reject the application altogether, we will issue the permit in its current form.

Our Public Participation Statement summarises our regulatory remit, what we can and can’t consider. We can consider the following as they are with our legal remit.

  • The proposed operator’s competency to meet permit conditions
  • General operational management of the proposed facility
  • Potential impact on the environment, habitats and designated sites
  • Fire prevention and mitigation plans
  • Handling and storing of any waste
  • Control of any odour, noise, dust, litter and pests

There are a number of factors that do not fall within our legal remit, and on which we cannot make or base decisions.

The local authority is responsible for:

  • The location of the site
  • Traffic
  • Visual impact
  • Land use
  • Whether the applicant must also undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment

Operational hours are a matter of government policy.

Read our Public Participation Statement.

The public consultation will start on Friday 2 June 2023 and run for a period of four weeks, closing on Friday 30 June 2023. We will consider any comments we receive and reach a final decision shortly after the consultation closes.

We believe that we have considered all the relevant issues and reached a reasonable conclusion, but our final decision could be affected by any information that is relevant to the issues we have to consider.

The consultation asks for relevant comments on the draft permit and the draft decision document.

The decision document:

  • Explains how the application has been determined
  • Provides a record of the decision-making process
  • Shows how all relevant factors have been taken into account
  • Justifies any specific conditions in the permit other than those in our generic permit template

Unless the decision document specifies otherwise, we have accepted the applicant’s proposal.

Respond to the consultation

This page will be updated as the application progresses.

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