A PARISH council has urged for the restoration of Green Belt land after a request to relax an enforcement notice relating to 15,000 tonnes of dumped waste.
Farnham Royal Parish Council was critical of Lousada PLC after the company requested to relax an enforcement notice relating to its land at Allerds Farm in Crown Lane, Farnham Royal.
An enforcement notice was issued in December 2012, after Bucks County Council (BCC) became aware the land had, without planning permission, changed use from agricultural to use for the disposal of waste, after an estimated 600 lorry-loads worth of waste was dumped, half of it soil and rubble and half shredded skip waste.
But Lousada PLC claims it had no knowledge of the dumping which took place in a three-week period in December 2012, is aware of the individual who carried it out, and has requested the enforcement notice be amended to allow the re-use of the soil and rubble.
Cllr Bill Youel, parish council chairman, read out a statement on behalf of the parish council at its meeting on last month.
He said: “We have read this application and feel that the original enforcement notice must stand. This is Green Belt land and it must be restored.
“This waste is professionally dumped - not random fly tipping - and we believe that the dumping only ceased after BCC issued a stop notice. So we find it difficult to accept that the landowners were ignorant of this operation that did not happen overnight.
“We feel that it is necessary for this enforcement to be seen to be executed in order to send the message loud and clear that despoiling any land in Buckinghamshire, let alone Green Belt land, will not be tolerated and it will stiffen our resolve to resist Green Belt being released for development.” Lousada PLC director Simon Lousada said clean-up costs are likely to be between £350,000-500,000, and they have called in the help of Richard Bream, of Bream Material Management Ltd, to aid with the clean-up.
Lousada PLC requested that the soil and rubble is reused and stored, as it poses no harm to the land, while the processed waste is removed, and it intends to replant grass seeds and hedges.
Mr Lousada said: “We have applied to try and keep the top soil on site instead of chucking it away.
“The land cannot go back to what it was, that is not possible. We are trying to get it as best as we can.” The request will be heard at the BCC development control committee on Tuesday next week (21/10).