Nottinghamshire County Council enforcement officers have secured the removal of unauthorised waste from land at Cotham, south of Newark, following reports that the area was being misused.
In May 2018, the County Council investigated complaints that land off Hawton Lane, Cotham, was being used for general waste transfer, rather than for composting, as had been approved.
Investigations revealed that a general waste transfer station had started operating from the land, without planning permission. This use of the land was not acceptable, and the operator was asked to stop the unauthorised activity.
While importation and other waste processing operations stopped, the waste materials on the land, which contained baled waste (waste compressed into blocks) and general mixed waste wood, were not removed.
In September 2018 the County Council served an enforcement notice requiring the unauthorised use of the land to stop, and for the waste on the land to be removed as well.
The waste was not removed within specified time limits. After further discussions with the landowners, and the threat of prosecution proceedings, the waste materials were removed from the land and the enforcement notice complied with.
Sally Gill, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Group Manager for Planning, said: “The County Council is actively seeking to encourage the re-use and recycling of waste materials, but these activities should only be carried out in a suitable location and with the necessary planning permission and controls in place.
“If activities such as this are carried out without planning permission and cause unacceptable impacts, the County Council will take enforcement action to require the use to cease and for waste to be removed, including prosecution if needed.”