Brownfield site for 400 homes may have been put at risk by dumping of 51,000 tons of waste

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Some of the dumped material at the site Some of the dumped material at the site

A key inner city brownfield site earmarked for up to 400 homes could now be unsuitable for development after 51,000 tonnes of building waste was dumped there without permission, planners have warned.

The site of a now-demolished factory in Lidget Green, Bradford, was being used for unauthorised landfill throughout much of last year, authorities say.

The waste is said to have raised the ground levels by up to six metres in places and has put at risk redeveloping the Northside Road site for much-needed housing.

The company behind the dumping has insisted it was simply making the site suitable for development by levelling it and removing contamination.

But Bradford Council disagrees and the Environment Agency has now ordered it to remove some of the waste.

The site was formerly a Rentokil Initial factory. It closed in 2008 and was later demolished.

In 2012 it was given outline planning permission, jointly with a neighbouring patch of land, for up to 400 homes.

But last year the Council raised concerns that the site was being used to stockpile construction and demolition waste.

As a result, the company working there, Rotherham-based Peakstone Aggregates, applied for partly-retrospective planning permission for site clearance, remediation and landfill.

In its application, Peakstone said it had already brought in 51,280 tonnes of materials as it readied the site for a future developer, and wanted to bring in another 40,000 tonnes.

It said: “To leave the site with severe drops and uneven surfaces would have left the site in an unsafe condition.”

But this application was refused by Council planners last November, who poured water on the idea that the work would enable homes to be built.

In his refusal notice, assistant director for planning Julian Jackson said: “There is no evidence that the deposit of inert waste at the site will result in the beneficial restoration and reclamation of the site for future development.”

Instead, planners said they were concerned that the land levels had actually risen so high, there was a danger that it would be no longer suitable for development as any properties could be overbearing.

The Environment Agency also raised concerns that the “proposed development would pose an unacceptable risk of pollution of groundwater” as there was no proof the site was suitable for a landfill.

Now the Environment Agency has issued an enforcement notice, saying some of the construction and demolition waste must be removed.

A Bradford Council spokesman said: “Our planning enforcement team are working closely with them [the Environment Agency] to review the situation and ensure any appropriate action is taken.”

Councillor Val Slater, executive member for housing and planning, said homes in Bradford were badly needed and this situation was “not helpful”.

She said: “I would be concerned if what they’ve done does put the development of the site for housing into any doubt. We do need those homes.

“It’s a key brownfield site in the inner city for development, which is what people have been pushing for.”

Peakstone Aggregates project manager Andy Jones said landowner Frankhill Limited had asked for the site to be made suitable for development by clearing it, removing land contamination and filling in voids.

He said the company had obtained a certificate of exemption from the Environment Agency allowing it to use building waste for this purpose.

He said the site was tested regularly to monitor contamination levels, and contaminated soil from the site’s industrial past had been removed.

He said: “Where bits of contamination were found, it has all been excavated out and treated.”

Mr Jones said when it was told its activities were not covered by the existing planning consent, it had put in its further application and when this was refused, it had immediately stopped work there.

He said: “No more work on site has been carried out at all, since the planning decision. It is still an ongoing process with them and the Environment Agency.”

Mr Jones said Peakstone Aggregates had proof the land levels had not changed significantly since it had been a working factory, and said it disputed the suggestion that it was now too high for housing.

He said: “We are quite happy with the levels we have got to at this moment in time, but we won’t do any more work on site until it has been agreed with the Council and the Environment Agency.

“We can prove categorically that the levels are very similar to where they were.”

Mr Jones said the firm was in a constructive dialogue with the authorities to resolve the matter.

He said: “Everybody’s working together to come to a good solution so that site can be developed. I think it will make a nice site.”

In a report to planners last November, the Environment Agency said the company’s exemption certificate did not cover what was happening at the site, and an environmental permit would be required.

An Environment Agency spokesman has confirmed to the Telegraph & Argus the site still did not hold a permit, but because they were in the middle of a live investigation, the agency couldn’t comment further.

Ward councillor John Godward (Lab, Great Horton), said Peakstone Aggregates should remove the waste they had brought in.

He said: “They should be made to put it right. It won’t harm them. They shouldn’t have done it.”

Landowner Frankhill Limited, which is based in the Isle of Man, could not be reached for comment.

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7:13am Thu 13 Mar 14

caledonia15 says...

Just the excuse our wonderful council planning team have now to build 400+ houses on more of our precious green spaces. Why didn't the council step in when they became aware of the issues with this site, instead of leaving the mess this has developed into?
Just the excuse our wonderful council planning team have now to build 400+ houses on more of our precious green spaces. Why didn't the council step in when they became aware of the issues with this site, instead of leaving the mess this has developed into? caledonia15
  • Score: 11

7:19am Thu 13 Mar 14

Albion. says...

It wouldn't be difficult to level that out, I don't see the problem.
It wouldn't be difficult to level that out, I don't see the problem. Albion.
  • Score: 23

7:34am Thu 13 Mar 14

Apollo says...

It should also be an easy fix to get the site returned to a state where it can be used for housing by recourse to the firm who dumped waste there without permission.

Simply go after them via the Environment Agency and Planning. Slap an injunction on them and get them to fix the problem.

You know who has caused the issue and it is clearly up to them to fix it.
It should also be an easy fix to get the site returned to a state where it can be used for housing by recourse to the firm who dumped waste there without permission. Simply go after them via the Environment Agency and Planning. Slap an injunction on them and get them to fix the problem. You know who has caused the issue and it is clearly up to them to fix it. Apollo
  • Score: 27

7:54am Thu 13 Mar 14

collos25 says...

The mind boggles at the councils incompetence.
The mind boggles at the councils incompetence. collos25
  • Score: 12

8:11am Thu 13 Mar 14

bd7 helper says...

Excuses after excuses tell them to shift it and move on
Excuses after excuses tell them to shift it and move on bd7 helper
  • Score: 28

8:30am Thu 13 Mar 14

sorrow&anger says...

“used for unauthorised landfill throughout much of last year”, “in a report to planners last November”, “raised the ground levels by up to six metres” It was obvious what was going on.

Cllr. Thornton has failed to carry out his environmental protection portfolio yet again. How many more mistakes will he make to put alongside his tipping permits, parking and public hygiene disasters before Cllr Green gets the courage to sack his Wibsey mate and put somebody competent in charge?
“used for unauthorised landfill throughout much of last year”, “in a report to planners last November”, “raised the ground levels by up to six metres” It was obvious what was going on. Cllr. Thornton has failed to carry out his environmental protection portfolio yet again. How many more mistakes will he make to put alongside his tipping permits, parking and public hygiene disasters before Cllr Green gets the courage to sack his Wibsey mate and put somebody competent in charge? sorrow&anger
  • Score: 38

8:46am Thu 13 Mar 14

BaildonGuy says...

It was obvious what was happening. Were the Ward Councillors asleep? Or like the rest of us did they just assume that protest was futile and City Hall would accommodate the greedy developers and rubber stamp the retrospective planning application in the way they usually do?
It was obvious what was happening. Were the Ward Councillors asleep? Or like the rest of us did they just assume that protest was futile and City Hall would accommodate the greedy developers and rubber stamp the retrospective planning application in the way they usually do? BaildonGuy
  • Score: 19

9:04am Thu 13 Mar 14

Grumpygirl says...

You can bet if this was a spat over a green field development, City Hall would have given in already. Since its brownfield they don't really care if it's built on or not. The Council thinks developers' profits and sustainability are the same thing.
You can bet if this was a spat over a green field development, City Hall would have given in already. Since its brownfield they don't really care if it's built on or not. The Council thinks developers' profits and sustainability are the same thing. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 6

9:14am Thu 13 Mar 14

BierleyBoy says...

51,000 tonnes dumped without permission. Good to see the proactive, efficiently run council stopping this before it became an issue. Oh, hang on a minute......
51,000 tonnes dumped without permission. Good to see the proactive, efficiently run council stopping this before it became an issue. Oh, hang on a minute...... BierleyBoy
  • Score: 15

9:37am Thu 13 Mar 14

angry bradfordian says...

I don't understand why people are criticising the council for not letting them carry on ignoring legislation. People were having a go at the council when they didn't get Tradex shut down quickly!

And as for Val Slater suggesting that ignoring legislation isn't 'helpful'- perhaps we should all pick and choose which laws we want to abide by? I find these comments very unprofessional for a council executive member.

On a serious point, I wonder if anyone would be able to get a mortgage for a house that's located on top of unapproved landfill? If not there's no point in rushing into building 400 houses.
I don't understand why people are criticising the council for not letting them carry on ignoring legislation. People were having a go at the council when they didn't get Tradex shut down quickly! And as for Val Slater suggesting that ignoring legislation isn't 'helpful'- perhaps we should all pick and choose which laws we want to abide by? I find these comments very unprofessional for a council executive member. On a serious point, I wonder if anyone would be able to get a mortgage for a house that's located on top of unapproved landfill? If not there's no point in rushing into building 400 houses. angry bradfordian
  • Score: 5

10:16am Thu 13 Mar 14

Bone_idle18 says...

The site was multi level anyway, and the drop between them was steep, it would need a lot of filling to get roads to the gradient that the council demands on new developments.
One near us had to lower the road incline (for safety reasons) as requested by council, and it's no where near as steep as the Inital-rentokill site.

the grattan side is also a very steep site, so that would also need a lot of levelling.

I suspect the issue is the developers haven't handed over the sufficient quantity of brown envelopes!
The site was multi level anyway, and the drop between them was steep, it would need a lot of filling to get roads to the gradient that the council demands on new developments. One near us had to lower the road incline (for safety reasons) as requested by council, and it's no where near as steep as the Inital-rentokill site. the grattan side is also a very steep site, so that would also need a lot of levelling. I suspect the issue is the developers haven't handed over the sufficient quantity of brown envelopes! Bone_idle18
  • Score: 3

10:28am Thu 13 Mar 14

cityofdreams says...

i am sure i read a exact same story regarding the council them selfs storing the waste from the westfield/park experiment on land they own but without planning to store the waste ? they then applied to them selfs for the retrospective permission they should of got before leaving the waste there ...point is if are leaders cant get there heads round the law of the land ,,why should any one else ? set a example how to do it properly not like everything else in this city go the corrupt way and hope no one kicks up much fuss about it
i am sure i read a exact same story regarding the council them selfs storing the waste from the westfield/park experiment on land they own but without planning to store the waste ? they then applied to them selfs for the retrospective permission they should of got before leaving the waste there ...point is if are leaders cant get there heads round the law of the land ,,why should any one else ? set a example how to do it properly not like everything else in this city go the corrupt way and hope no one kicks up much fuss about it cityofdreams
  • Score: 4

10:28am Thu 13 Mar 14

IsobelB says...

I am fed up and sick to death of Bradford Council and planners getting away with what they what. It is about time the people of Bradford come together to show their disgust for things like this. Bradford Council obviously new what was going on and in today's day and age there are defintely ways of making 'Brownfield Sites' safe for housing developments - is it though that this will cost a bit more money?!? (Hence not as much money for the Shareholders and Bradford Council). There are loads of Brownfield Sites around Bradford and Bradford Council should concentrate on these instead of ripping up green fields, destroying wildlife, not taking into account the opinions of Bradfordians, not looking at the health implications of taking away green spaces and not looking at the wider picture.
I am fed up and sick to death of Bradford Council and planners getting away with what they what. It is about time the people of Bradford come together to show their disgust for things like this. Bradford Council obviously new what was going on and in today's day and age there are defintely ways of making 'Brownfield Sites' safe for housing developments - is it though that this will cost a bit more money?!? (Hence not as much money for the Shareholders and Bradford Council). There are loads of Brownfield Sites around Bradford and Bradford Council should concentrate on these instead of ripping up green fields, destroying wildlife, not taking into account the opinions of Bradfordians, not looking at the health implications of taking away green spaces and not looking at the wider picture. IsobelB
  • Score: 11

11:35am Thu 13 Mar 14

LeeToland says...

IsobelB wrote:
I am fed up and sick to death of Bradford Council and planners getting away with what they what. It is about time the people of Bradford come together to show their disgust for things like this. Bradford Council obviously new what was going on and in today's day and age there are defintely ways of making 'Brownfield Sites' safe for housing developments - is it though that this will cost a bit more money?!? (Hence not as much money for the Shareholders and Bradford Council). There are loads of Brownfield Sites around Bradford and Bradford Council should concentrate on these instead of ripping up green fields, destroying wildlife, not taking into account the opinions of Bradfordians, not looking at the health implications of taking away green spaces and not looking at the wider picture.
Well said, IsobelB!! Nail on the head!
[quote][p][bold]IsobelB[/bold] wrote: I am fed up and sick to death of Bradford Council and planners getting away with what they what. It is about time the people of Bradford come together to show their disgust for things like this. Bradford Council obviously new what was going on and in today's day and age there are defintely ways of making 'Brownfield Sites' safe for housing developments - is it though that this will cost a bit more money?!? (Hence not as much money for the Shareholders and Bradford Council). There are loads of Brownfield Sites around Bradford and Bradford Council should concentrate on these instead of ripping up green fields, destroying wildlife, not taking into account the opinions of Bradfordians, not looking at the health implications of taking away green spaces and not looking at the wider picture.[/p][/quote]Well said, IsobelB!! Nail on the head! LeeToland
  • Score: 4

12:46pm Thu 13 Mar 14

basil fawlty says...

It seems like there is an attitude in Bradford that people can do what they like because the Council is so lame when it comes to enforcement of planning rules. No wonder large parts of the city look like a third world bomb site. Too little too late here as usual..
It seems like there is an attitude in Bradford that people can do what they like because the Council is so lame when it comes to enforcement of planning rules. No wonder large parts of the city look like a third world bomb site. Too little too late here as usual.. basil fawlty
  • Score: 15

1:09pm Thu 13 Mar 14

angry bradfordian says...

basil fawlty wrote:
It seems like there is an attitude in Bradford that people can do what they like because the Council is so lame when it comes to enforcement of planning rules. No wonder large parts of the city look like a third world bomb site. Too little too late here as usual..
And sadly one of our senior councillors seems to think that enforcing planning rules is "not helpful"
[quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: It seems like there is an attitude in Bradford that people can do what they like because the Council is so lame when it comes to enforcement of planning rules. No wonder large parts of the city look like a third world bomb site. Too little too late here as usual..[/p][/quote]And sadly one of our senior councillors seems to think that enforcing planning rules is "not helpful" angry bradfordian
  • Score: 5

2:17pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Apollo says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
basil fawlty wrote: It seems like there is an attitude in Bradford that people can do what they like because the Council is so lame when it comes to enforcement of planning rules. No wonder large parts of the city look like a third world bomb site. Too little too late here as usual..
And sadly one of our senior councillors seems to think that enforcing planning rules is "not helpful"
It goes further than that. At least 1 Councillor actually supported the illegal bazaar at the Tradex site!

Unbelievable anywhere except in Bradford where brown envelopes full of cash seem to be the norm.
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: It seems like there is an attitude in Bradford that people can do what they like because the Council is so lame when it comes to enforcement of planning rules. No wonder large parts of the city look like a third world bomb site. Too little too late here as usual..[/p][/quote]And sadly one of our senior councillors seems to think that enforcing planning rules is "not helpful"[/p][/quote]It goes further than that. At least 1 Councillor actually supported the illegal bazaar at the Tradex site! Unbelievable anywhere except in Bradford where brown envelopes full of cash seem to be the norm. Apollo
  • Score: 6

2:49pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Apollo wrote:
angry bradfordian wrote:
basil fawlty wrote: It seems like there is an attitude in Bradford that people can do what they like because the Council is so lame when it comes to enforcement of planning rules. No wonder large parts of the city look like a third world bomb site. Too little too late here as usual..
And sadly one of our senior councillors seems to think that enforcing planning rules is "not helpful"
It goes further than that. At least 1 Councillor actually supported the illegal bazaar at the Tradex site!

Unbelievable anywhere except in Bradford where brown envelopes full of cash seem to be the norm.
Or there's a family connection.

Maybe that was the Westfield problem, too far away in Australia to know the unique Bradford planning rules. where illegal Bazaars are tolerated, but children's play houses aren't.
[quote][p][bold]Apollo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: It seems like there is an attitude in Bradford that people can do what they like because the Council is so lame when it comes to enforcement of planning rules. No wonder large parts of the city look like a third world bomb site. Too little too late here as usual..[/p][/quote]And sadly one of our senior councillors seems to think that enforcing planning rules is "not helpful"[/p][/quote]It goes further than that. At least 1 Councillor actually supported the illegal bazaar at the Tradex site! Unbelievable anywhere except in Bradford where brown envelopes full of cash seem to be the norm.[/p][/quote]Or there's a family connection. Maybe that was the Westfield problem, too far away in Australia to know the unique Bradford planning rules. where illegal Bazaars are tolerated, but children's play houses aren't. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 6

3:56pm Thu 13 Mar 14

awasteoftime says...

Just another typical blunder by Bradford Council. Dumping goes on unnoticed for months !, I don't believe that is possible. What were local residents and Ward Councillors doing apart from drawing their fees. Either get the firm that dumped the stuff to move or apply to Brussels for some cash so the Council can move as we send £50m every day to Brussels, time some was spent at home.. Otherwise it will give Council more of an excuse to build on green belt land.
Just another typical blunder by Bradford Council. Dumping goes on unnoticed for months !, I don't believe that is possible. What were local residents and Ward Councillors doing apart from drawing their fees. Either get the firm that dumped the stuff to move or apply to Brussels for some cash so the Council can move as we send £50m every day to Brussels, time some was spent at home.. Otherwise it will give Council more of an excuse to build on green belt land. awasteoftime
  • Score: 3

4:17pm Thu 13 Mar 14

linebacker2 says...

caledonia15 wrote:
Just the excuse our wonderful council planning team have now to build 400+ houses on more of our precious green spaces. Why didn't the council step in when they became aware of the issues with this site, instead of leaving the mess this has developed into?
Let me guess, you've got the same view as Prince Charles - let others live on Brownfield sites while you live in the countryside?
[quote][p][bold]caledonia15[/bold] wrote: Just the excuse our wonderful council planning team have now to build 400+ houses on more of our precious green spaces. Why didn't the council step in when they became aware of the issues with this site, instead of leaving the mess this has developed into?[/p][/quote]Let me guess, you've got the same view as Prince Charles - let others live on Brownfield sites while you live in the countryside? linebacker2
  • Score: -11

5:03pm Thu 13 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

51,000 tons! can you imagine the logistics of bringing that in? and nobody from Bradford Council noticed.
51,000 tons! can you imagine the logistics of bringing that in? and nobody from Bradford Council noticed. alive and awake
  • Score: 12

5:31pm Thu 13 Mar 14

IsobelB says...

It's not about letting people live on Brownfield sites and other people living in the countryside. There are dozens of Brownfield Sites in Bradford that have been regenerated over the past 10 / 20 years or so and will careful planning they can /do look amazing. Bradford can not go on building thousands and thousands of houses without the correct infrasture ie: where will all the children be educated, hospitals, roads, dentists, doctors. Bradford was a booming industrial city and so there are loads of Brownfield Sites around the City, it should be a priority of Bradford Council that they build on these sites first of all and not the last few remaining fields.
It's not about letting people live on Brownfield sites and other people living in the countryside. There are dozens of Brownfield Sites in Bradford that have been regenerated over the past 10 / 20 years or so and will careful planning they can /do look amazing. Bradford can not go on building thousands and thousands of houses without the correct infrasture ie: where will all the children be educated, hospitals, roads, dentists, doctors. Bradford was a booming industrial city and so there are loads of Brownfield Sites around the City, it should be a priority of Bradford Council that they build on these sites first of all and not the last few remaining fields. IsobelB
  • Score: 4

9:05pm Thu 13 Mar 14

angry bradfordian says...

alive and awake wrote:
51,000 tons! can you imagine the logistics of bringing that in? and nobody from Bradford Council noticed.
51,000 tonnes is roughly 2,500 wagons of material. That's approximately one every 30 minutes for 6 months!
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: 51,000 tons! can you imagine the logistics of bringing that in? and nobody from Bradford Council noticed.[/p][/quote]51,000 tonnes is roughly 2,500 wagons of material. That's approximately one every 30 minutes for 6 months! angry bradfordian
  • Score: 2

11:16pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Wanna Have says...

caledonia15 wrote:
Just the excuse our wonderful council planning team have now to build 400+ houses on more of our precious green spaces. Why didn't the council step in when they became aware of the issues with this site, instead of leaving the mess this has developed into?
Have you seen the traffic levels around lidget green.the last place I would select for extra housing.build a park there for the locals.
[quote][p][bold]caledonia15[/bold] wrote: Just the excuse our wonderful council planning team have now to build 400+ houses on more of our precious green spaces. Why didn't the council step in when they became aware of the issues with this site, instead of leaving the mess this has developed into?[/p][/quote]Have you seen the traffic levels around lidget green.the last place I would select for extra housing.build a park there for the locals. Wanna Have
  • Score: 4

11:22pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Wanna Have says...

IsobelB wrote:
I am fed up and sick to death of Bradford Council and planners getting away with what they what. It is about time the people of Bradford come together to show their disgust for things like this. Bradford Council obviously new what was going on and in today's day and age there are defintely ways of making 'Brownfield Sites' safe for housing developments - is it though that this will cost a bit more money?!? (Hence not as much money for the Shareholders and Bradford Council). There are loads of Brownfield Sites around Bradford and Bradford Council should concentrate on these instead of ripping up green fields, destroying wildlife, not taking into account the opinions of Bradfordians, not looking at the health implications of taking away green spaces and not looking at the wider picture.
If you currently live near greenbelt in Bradford your in a minority.the majority needs to be helped.do people in the inner cities have no right to any green spaces,who stands up for them breathing in diesel from gridlocked roads in overpopulated inner cities.
[quote][p][bold]IsobelB[/bold] wrote: I am fed up and sick to death of Bradford Council and planners getting away with what they what. It is about time the people of Bradford come together to show their disgust for things like this. Bradford Council obviously new what was going on and in today's day and age there are defintely ways of making 'Brownfield Sites' safe for housing developments - is it though that this will cost a bit more money?!? (Hence not as much money for the Shareholders and Bradford Council). There are loads of Brownfield Sites around Bradford and Bradford Council should concentrate on these instead of ripping up green fields, destroying wildlife, not taking into account the opinions of Bradfordians, not looking at the health implications of taking away green spaces and not looking at the wider picture.[/p][/quote]If you currently live near greenbelt in Bradford your in a minority.the majority needs to be helped.do people in the inner cities have no right to any green spaces,who stands up for them breathing in diesel from gridlocked roads in overpopulated inner cities. Wanna Have
  • Score: 2

9:14am Fri 14 Mar 14

IsobelB says...

Perhaps Bradford Council should do their maths and see if such a large number of additional housing is actually required. It is a fact that there are hundreds, if not thousands of houses currently standing empty. Why don't they concentrate on re-generating these first of all. And yes these houses are all around the Bradford district and not just particular areas.
Perhaps Bradford Council should do their maths and see if such a large number of additional housing is actually required. It is a fact that there are hundreds, if not thousands of houses currently standing empty. Why don't they concentrate on re-generating these first of all. And yes these houses are all around the Bradford district and not just particular areas. IsobelB
  • Score: -3

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