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Fears over plan to raise Rhydymwyn landfill site

Published date: 07 February 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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QUESTIONS have been raised over a plan to raise the level of a landfill site.

An application has been lodged to raise the level of a quarry on Denbigh Road, Rhydymwyn by one metre by the importation of inert construction waste materials.

The plan, lodged by applicant John Jones, includes raising the height of an agricultural building on the site by one metre and has been recommended for approval by planning officers.

According to a report, which will be discussed by Flintshire Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, the application is partly retrospective as the majority of the materials have already been brought onto the site in order to prevent flooding.

The report said Cilcain councillor Owen Thomas objected to the plans.

He said: “The site is located within a flood plain. The application should be refused as the land raise would add to the flood risk at Rhydymwyn.”

Cilcain Community Council also lodged objections to the plan.

Its worries included pollution of the nearby Dolfechlas Brook , that the importation of materials had already caused flooding to the site, that the proposal is not in the public interest and that it is partly retrospective.

The report said: “The proposal is a retrospective application which involved the importation of inert waste material to raise the levels of the land and the floor level of an existing agricultural building to approximately one metre above the existing levels to alleviate flooding problems which occur on site.

“The principle of the proposal to raise the land is to provide flood mitigation for the site so that the existing agricultural land and building can be put back to a useful agricultural building without risk of harm to livestock or ruining feed/materials/ machinery that may be stored in the building.

“The hydraulic modelling of Dolfechlas Brook indicates the effects for the existing deposition are localised and minor, with no measurable impact to third parties subject to a condition to ensure that the site area is not increased.”

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