The owner of a fish farm in Manchester was being prosecuted by the Environment Agency (EA) for importing significant quantities of waste soils to a site where he used the material to construct several large lakes for coarse fishing. Planning permission had been granted for the site; however, the quantities of fill were considered to be in breach of the Waste Management and Environmental Permitting Regulations. Beech Consultants (BC) met with the Agency and agreed a way forward to prevent prosecution by establishing a Bespoke Environmental Permit (BEP).
An application was made on the owner’s behalf, which contained the following assessments and information:
- An assessment of the quantity of materials that would be required to construct two further lakes to complete the development of the site, based on a site wide topographical survey,
- Assessment of the quality of existing soils utilised at the site,
- The permit application included provision of topographical surveys, an assessment of quantities,
- A Working Plan to monitor and regulate the import of soils and highway planings (construction of permanent access roads and parking),
- Slope stability assessments, and
- A risk assessment of the drainage requirements of the site and mass balance calculations.
Following the establishment of a suitable application it was confirmed as Duly Made by the EA Permitting Section (Sheffield) and the BEP was granted two months later. This work saved a prosecution of many tens of thousands of pounds.