• 16 September 2015

We are delighted to announce that we have obtained planning permission on behalf of our client A-Skip4U.com to build a new waste sorting facility in Sandwich, Kent. The skip waste sorting plant, which is expected to employ up to 35 people and manage around 25,000 tonnes of waste a year, will enable materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill to be recovered and dispatched for recycling.

The specially designed site – due to be completed in 12 months – lies adjacent to the historic Stonar Cut, which was originally dug in 1777 and is still used today as a flood alleviation measure to cut short the meander of the River Stour around the town of Sandwich, and release drainage waters direct to Pegwell Bay.

The development includes a waste facility building, up to 14m high and spanning 1100m², placement of modular buildings, separate access and egress points, and the siting of a weighbridge. The modern, purpose-built development, for the sorting of skip waste, will allow A-Skip4U to relocate from its existing premises. Materials to be recovered and dispatched for recycling from the site include card, metal, paper, plasterboard, green waste, wood, soil, and hardcore, as well as residual waste from which further value can’t be recovered on site.

The challenge for the Waterman team was to model the potential noise impact of the proposed activities, prepare a landscape and visual appraisal (also landscape planting scheme), and model vehicle access, egress, and circulation patterns. The site is adjacent to land with environmental designations, including Ramsar, SAC, SPA, and SSSI, and after assessing the development’s potential to impact upon the environment, the team devised effective mitigation strategies, where necessary.

Waterman then had to argue a complex planning case for the new site on behalf of A-Skip4U.com, which they were successful in doing. In granting planning permission, Kent Count Council said the development would give rise to no material harm to the local environment.

Waterman’s associate director of waste permitting and planning, Matt Mehegan, said it had been a fascinating project for the team to work on: “This waste infrastructure project enables value to be recovered from a range of materials that would otherwise be simply thrown away. The new building encloses almost all of the sorting activity, which is a big improvement on how sorting is done at the present site, and will help to improve working conditions for staff as well. The development is also protective of the environment and reflects the three dimensions of sustainable development by ensuring economic, environmental, and social progress – I am delighted with the result!”

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