Owners of the ‘smelliest site in Doncaster’ have been ordered to remove a huge pile of waste after planning permission to keep it there was refused.
The Hazel Lane landfill site in Hampole was the subject of the most complaints over unpleasant odours in the whole of the borough for 2013 and the first nine months of 2014.
Catplant (Quarry) Ltd sought retrospective planning permission from Doncaster Council’s planning committee for the stockpile, which weighs between 23,000 and 40,000 tonnes. But the application was rejected after councillors raised concerns about the hazardous nature of the waste. The Hazel Lane site has been a source of concern for residents for around five years.
It began to be used for storing a product called Sterefibre – a material which was produced by a firm called Sterecycle through a process for reducing waste.
A Government planning inspector decided the use of the Hazel Lane Quarry was not appropriate for storing the waste because it was on greenbelt land – but it is still there because there is nowhere else for it to go.
Hampole and Skelbrooke Parish Meeting chairman Nick Balliger said: “The odour from the pile is repugnant.
“Members of the planning committee went to visit the site in 2014 and noted the terrible odour for themselves. I support the recommendation for the application to be refused.”
Agent Chris Ballam assured the committee that if the application was approved, 40 per cent of the waste would be removed in six years – but the pledge did not ease councillors concerns.
Committee vice-chairman Coun Dave Shaw said: “This has been going on for years, it is obvious that nobody wants it and trying to buy more time so you can try to find another site for it to go to is ridiculous.”
And committee chairman Coun Iris Beech added: “I have been to visit the site and I saw a twisted toothbrush and batteries in the heap of rubbish. Another six years is not going to solve the problem.”
Sterecycle went into administration in 2012.