Saturday 20 August 2022

COUNCILLORS have thrown out plans for a controversial asphalt plant on land at the junction of Bridlington Road and Catfoss Lane, Brandesburton, despite a recommendation by officers of East Yorkshire Council to approve it. As previously reported by Beverley FM, more than 400 people had objected to the proposals along with local parish councils and East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight.

Before considering the proposal from Newlay Asphalt and M B Goodwin (Skipsea) to build a plant at the old RAF Catfoss base, planning committee councillors visited the site and the site of a similar plant in West Yorkshire. A lot of the discussion centred on the impact on health, with objectors concerned about chemicals used in the process, but Newlay operations director Jamie Brown said information used by objectors derived from US plants which used heavy fuel oils in the process of drying aggregates, whereas UK plants used light fuel oils, with a higher percentage of bio oils.

Afterwards, local resident Jackie Suthenwood said there were “tears of relief” following the vote, although residents realised the plan will probably go to appeal.

AN APPLICATION to build four clamps to store 29,000 tonnes of maize, grass and rye alongside a vegetable processing plant in Woodmansey have been approved by East Riding Planning Committee, subject to the formation of a liaison committee representing parish and ward councillors and Woodmansey Farming Company Ltd, who submitted the proposal and say the stored vegetable matter will be used in its 4U Fresh Produce processing factory. The plan was approved by seven votes to five. 

Woodmansey Parish Council had expressed concerns over the proposals and the planning committee also received objections from residents worried about air pollution and bad smells, increased noise and road safety issues.