SCOTT BROS: Thumbs up for plant despite dust worries
A FAMILY-RUN firm has won retrospective permission for its aggregate plant in the face of a small handful of objections.
Scott Bros, at Norton Bottoms, has been operating its £1m washing facility off the A19.
Some concerns were aired by residents on Imperial Road about noise, dust and impacts on wildlife after planning documents were lodged in late 2018.
But, almost three years on, all 13 members of Stockton Council planning committee agreed the scheme should get the retrospective thumbs up at a meeting on Wednesday.
The plant site sits near reed beds created in the early 1990s to treat effluent from the then ICI chemical plants in Billingham.
Councillors heard how the nearest homes to the facility were half a mile away – and the noise of the machinery couldn’t be heard during the day with the A19 close by.
Council officer Elaine Atkinson said there’d been some complaints about noise and dust to the west of the washing plant on restored land.
But she added Scott Bros had confirmed work there would be completed “by the end of this year” – with a wildflower mix being spread at the moment.
Planning agent Fahim Farooqui told the committee how £1m had been invested in the washing facility – and how it had employed 10 people full-time through the pandemic.
“It brings economic and environmental benefits to the borough in terms of recycling material,” he added.
“And it aids construction going on in the local area
“The site is not visible from the outside – and the industrial nature of the area means it fits in well.”
The agent said stockpile heights would be controlled by the firm – with draining and ecology matters also addressed.
However, there were questions about why the permission had been sought after the plant was up and running.
Cllr Sylvia Walmsley said: “I’ve no great problem with it apart from wondering why that’s happened.
“As long as there are good conditions to protect the nearest residents, I don’t really have a problem with it.”
Officers said getting permission afterwards was a risk developers took – and the council had the power to take enforcement action, or to even “remove kit”, if plans were turned down.
But members heard the firm had a dust management plan in place – and had also invested in a water bowser in response to complaints about particulates.
Ms Atkinson added: “In terms of noise, you can’t actually hear it from the houses.
“I’ve stood there and the only thing you can hear is the A19.
“We’ve put a condition on to make sure they don’t operate during the night when the roads will be quieter.”
Scott Bros was established on Teesside in 1971 – and its wagons are a familiar sight across the North-east.
The firm’s website explains how the wash plant takes waste material and converts it into high quality sand and aggregate for the construction industry.
The company says it is capable of processing between 50 and 70 tonnes of waste an hour to produce coarse and fine sand, as well as three types of aggregate.
Words: Alex Metcalfe, Local Democracy Reporter
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