Firm told to restore ‘barren’ site

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A WASTE management company has been given 12 months to finish restoring the stark and barren site of the former Neepsend Power Station in Sheffield.

The towers at Club Mill Road dominated the views across Sheffield until the station was demolished in the 1980s.

Reclamation of the site started in 1997 and it was used as a dumping ground for building waste and recycling materials.

Transport, demolition and excavation contractor J White and Co was given planning permission to dump building waste on the land and restore the site by May 2007. In return for using the land for their waste transfer operation the Rotherham-based firm agreed to build a riverside walk along the Upper Don and said it would donate the landscaped and planted site to the Hillsborough Trust when it was completed.

Now the company has asked for a further two years to complete the project.

In a report approved by Sheffield councillors, planning officers recommended they be given just one year to do the work.

Officers said: “The site currently has a stark, barren appearance.

“The applicants are aware that the landfill should have been completed by now, but state the rapid decline of the construction industry has had a significant impact on demolition waste that tipping has slowed down.

“Due to the time lapse final restoration is now a matter of urgency. The current economic situation cannot be accepted as a reason for not bringing the restoration of the site to a close.”