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Background & History

  • The previous owner bought the site and an application for tipping was made in 1986 which was turned down by the old Hereford and Worcester County Council (now Worcestershire County Council) on the grounds that the infrastructure of the roads, and in particular a small bridge, was not suited to take the impact of large vehicles regularly visiting the site.
  • An appeal was made to the Secretary of State for the Environment and a Department of the Environment Planning Inspectorate report in 1988 upheld the HWCC decision and the appeal was dismissed on the same grounds.
  • A subsequent appeal in 1999 was also dismissed by The Planning Inspectorate upholding the Redditch Borough Council decision to stop depositing or permitting the deposition of soil, subsoil and rubble on the land.

In around May 2021 local residents became concerned at the appearance of a large number of HGVs accessing the site to conduct what appears to be tipping activities. The current landowner has been asked by Redditch Borough Council to provide details of his intentions for the site and the operations being conducted. At this stage, it has not been proven if any of the activities being conducted are contrary to the law, environment or planning restrictions. However, as your County Councillors, Craig Warhurst and I have made a number of representations to Redditch Borough Council, Worcestershire County Council and the Environment Agency.

We are concerned that the operations being conducted presently are being carried out under a U1 Exemption. However this exemption does not allow for the reclamation of the land by using waste (e.g. rubble). We are also concerned about what may be a breach in planning controls put in place some years ago and we have asked officers to urgently investigate these and to take swift enforcement action where possible.

As County Councillors we stand by the decisions made previously with regards to this site and we are supporting residents in their aim to halt the excessive number of HGV movements to and from the site, which is having a detrimental impact on the local infrastructure and life in the area. 

Latest News and Updates

Copy of Follow-up letter to Environment agency

Copy of Follow-up letter to Environment agency

I have written a follow-up letter to the Environment Agency based on their reply to Rachel Maclean MP (also included below). The arguments I make in the letter are based on an Environment Agency publication which states: You can't ... use this exemption for land...

Update on Bridge: Signage ordered

Update on Bridge: Signage ordered

County Council officers have confirmed to me that the bridge on the route along Feckenham Road was inspected last in January 2020 and is due for some routine maintenance works in the 2021/22 financial year. During the maintenance works there will be a further...

Suspected Tipping Activities at Blaze Lane

Suspected Tipping Activities at Blaze Lane

As your Worcestershire County Councillors for the Redditch South division, both Craig and I are concerned about what appears on the face of it to be tipping activities at a site on Blaze Lane, just on the southern outskirts of Redditch. The matter was first brought to...

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As your Worcestershire County Councillors for the Redditch South division, both Craig and I are concerned about what appears on the face of it to be tipping activities at a site on Blaze Lane, just on the southern outskirts of Redditch. The matter was first brought to our attention in May 2021 and we have since spent a lot of time working on this case together, shifting focus on a number of areas in response to concerns raised by residents. At this stage, however, it is important to point out that no determination of illegal activity has been reached by any proper body. Craig and I continue to pursue a number of lines on inquiry. If you would like to discuss the issue with either of us please email mrouse@worcestershire.gov.uk or cwarhurst@worcestershire.gov.uk

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