Cory set to appeal over Mucking tip decision

Cory Environmental is set to appeal after the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation’s Planning Committee refused permission on the application to complete the restoration of Mucking Landfill site in to a Country Park through the continued importation of soils. Cory intends to submit an appeal against this decision.

Commenting on the decision, Alistair Holl, Director of Resource Management for Cory Environmental, said: “We are very disappointed by this decision as it was against the clear recommendation of the Corporation’s Planning Department and is required for us to complete the Country Park.

“We finished waste disposal at Mucking in 2010 and now further soil is needed to complete the restoration of the site to a Country Park. We are required to complete the capping and restoration of the site in a reasonable time period in order to minimise any potential environmental impacts it may have. This decision leaves us no option but to lodge an appeal in order to protect the environment and complete the Country Park.”

Cory Environmental is required by the Environment Agency to deliver an environmentally sound, restored site to stringent specifications. This requires the use of soils to cover the site to an agreed finished landform.

Alistair added: “The first area of the Country Park has already been completed and leased to the Essex Wildlife Trust. This is due to open in the Spring of 2012 with a new Visitor Centre. By the end of 2012 we would expect to complete the restoration of around 60% of the site.”

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