Approval of a Borrow Pit, North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire County Council has approved plans for the supply of over 200,000m3 of engineering fill for the Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar bypass project. The site is located within 300m of the line of the bypass, thus removing the need for significant transport movements through the surrounding villages. Extraction is expected to take place over 18 months to two years and the site will be progressively restored to agriculture.

Hughes Craven took the site through the planning process, working closely with the County Council to ensure that a variety of issues were addressed. The Application included an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) which successful demonstrated that the effects of the development would be short-term and could be adequately controlled by conditions. Although the development involved a significant number of vehicle movements on rural roads, sourcing the material from elsewhere could have a wider impact.

The Council concluded that the borrow pit was a viable method of providing the necessary materials for the construction of the road scheme, granting permission at Committee.