Council responds to concerns about biomass plant
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has formally responded to the latest consultation on permitting from Natural Resources Wales.
The detailed response can be found here and this sets out the concerns being raised, which are predominantly around potential noise emissions from the site as well as concerns over the manner by which air quality implications have been assessed.
CivicAs a result, the Council has indicated that an Environmental permit should not be granted at this time.
Further information on the application can be obtained from Natural Resources Wales, which is the organisation responsible for progressing the permitting process.
In addition, and over recent days, complaints have been received of noise emanating from construction and installation works at the site, often late into the evening.
The Council has acted promptly to concerns and served a Section 60 Control of Pollution Act 1974 Notice on the contractors on Wednesday 28 September, which restricts when they are able to carry out work that produces significant noise.
Works on the Biomass Plant are allowed to continue outside of the restricted hours, on the provision that the noise is not disturbing residents at their properties.
Noisy works are only allowed to take place between:
Monday to Friday 07:30 – 18:00
Saturday 08:00 – 12:30
Not at all Sunday or bank holidays
The Council would request that if any residents are being disturbed at their property from noise outside the above hours, they should contact the Council on 0300 123 6696.
Similarly, if any residents are affected by lighting from the site should also call the above number.
An Officer will contact the resident and arrange to investigate the complaint; this will generally involve visits to the property to assess noise or light pollution. Residents may also be required to provide a witness statement, if appropriate.
We are continuing to ensure that we are in a position to deal with any ongoing issues in a prompt and efficient manner, engaging with residents and the wider community.