Chief Planner Says Moorwell Letter Shouldn’t Cause Concern

Waste management site at Moorwell

Waste management site at Moorwell

Scilly’s Chief Planning Officer says there’s no need for concern over a formal document sent to Pilot’s Retreat and Jackson’s Hill locals about the Moorwell refuse site.

Some residents have contacted Radio Scilly to say they’ve had a letter advising that a Certificate of Lawful Use, for the continued use of the buildings on the dump and stockpiling of waste and ash, has been applied for.

Craig Dryden says it’s required simply to regularise the use of the site and to satisfy the Environment Agency that it’s been used for waste management for at least ten years.

Whether or not planning consent was granted when the site was extended in the 1960s doesn’t matter, he says, as long as it’s been used for that purpose for a decade. As part of the process, the former Chief Technical officer Brian Lowen has had to sign a declaration in front of a magistrate to state that Moorwell has been used over that period.

Craig says it means the application to determine whether or not the site has a lawful use will therefore be assessed on the basis of facts rather than relying on a planning judgement.

The Council’s waste consultants SLR are preparing a report on waste management in Scilly, although they haven’t revealed what recommendations they’ll make about Moorwell and the use of Pendrathen.

Councillors are set to receive their findings soon. Any proposals will still need to be approved by the Panning Committee and that’s why the authority is making sure all the paperwork is in order.

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