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North Powys Bulking Facility environmental permit

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15 March 2022

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Powys County Council can confirm that it has received the extremely frustrating and disappointing news that the environmental permit for the new North Powys Bulking Facility in Abermule has completely unexpectedly been refused by Natural Resources Wales (NRW).

The permit application was independently overseen by external advisors WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) and SLR Consulting as part of the Welsh Government's collaborative change programme. The process of applying for a permit for the new site has been extremely lengthy, involving in-depth public consultation and the exchange of a significant amount of technical information between the council and NRW.

"This decision is not only hugely disappointing, but also very unexpected and was communicated to us this morning without any prior warning." Explains Nigel Brinn, Powys County Council Executive Director for the Economy and Environment.

"Throughout the application process we have responded to all requests for further information that has been required by NRW. It's also disappointing to note that NRW have not worked constructively with Powys County Council and its specialist advisors before coming to their surprise decision. 

"We completely agree that the safe operation of the site is of paramount importance and were preparing additional detail for submission outlining a robust fire prevention and mitigation plan in accordance with latest guidance. All of the concerns and queries raised by NRW are more than capable of being resolved and we do not understand the logic of the approach undertaken by NRW which is at the very least unhelpful and completely at odds with our statutory duty to increase recycling rates.

We have absolutely no doubt that the site can be used safely and successfully for recycling and that a permit will be granted in due course, we will therefore be submitting an appeal to this decision."