16 June 2024

Plans for asphalt plant in Brandesburton submitted again

Revised plans for an asphalt plant in Brandesburton have been submitted – after the scheme was twice rejected by East Riding councillors.

Newlay Asphalt’s first plan was rejected in August 2022, and a revised scheme was again turned down in August 2023.

Local campaign group Communities Reject Asphalt Plant said the development was not wanted in the area because of the increased traffic, noise, environmental damage and reliance on rural roads. In total, the application received 347 objections before it was discussed by the council’s planning committee on August 17, including from East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight and Brandesburton Parish Council.

Now, further revised plans have been submitted on the East Riding Planning Access website, and the deadline for any comments or objections has been set as January 14.

Some campaigners have criticised the timing of the new application, coming just before Christmas when they say many people might be away, or too busy to comment on it.

A number of alterations have been made to the previous scheme, including slight reductions in the height and size of the proposed machinery.

In the planning hearing last August, Dewsbury-based Newlay said that the site would massively reduce the road miles, and therefore the company’s carbon footprint, by being centrally placed to supply all East Riding Council depots rather than having to travel daily between East and West Yorkshire.

It also insisted it that it had listened to the concerns of local people and commissioned a “comprehensive suite of assessments” covering noise, traffic and environmental and ecological impact.

But in rejecting the plans, councillors said the proposed site would introduce heavy industrial use of a scale not considered to be appropriate for its countryside location, adding that it would be out of character with the surrounding area and would have an adverse visual impact on its rural nature.

To view and comment on the plans, visit the East Riding Planning Access website and search the reference 23/03473/CM.