Councillors OK railway cutting infilling too late to remove waste

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Councillors OK railway cutting infilling too late to remove waste

Councillors OK railway cutting infilling too late to remove waste
2021-05-27 19:05:00
East Riding councillors have approved a conditions change on building waste infilling in a disused railway cutting, with one saying “the train has departed” to immediately return it to nature. East Riding Council's Planning Committee voted to approve the application from Ashcourt Group allowing them to retain current infilling in the Little Weighton Railway Cutting. Doug Jennings, agent for the applicant, told councillors no further works were planned onsite other than planting a 105m hedgerow close to homes on New Village Road. He added sowing for a wildflower meadow would also take place and that a ditch close to homes, a thrutch, had been kept to act as a barrier. To get the Hull Live headlines to your inbox, click here. But objector and Rowley Parish Council member Kevin Brown told councillors in a statement the applicant failed to stick to conditions governing the amount of building waste in the site. He added that meant the privacy of nearby residents was threatened and they had already been disturbed by the moving of materials there. The cutting, off White Gap Road, lies on the former route of the Hull to Barnsley railway line which was axed between the late 1950s and mid-1960s. It is thought to be the deepest in Europe, with the committee told that it was a site of historical significance known to attract railway enthusiasts. Planning permission was granted to use the site as landfill for building waste in 1981. Find planning applications near you Ashcourt, who acquired the site in 2015, applied to vary condition five of that permission which governed how ground would be levelled by infilling. It also barred removing trees on the top five metres of the cutting face without permission. Mr Jennings told the committee there was “no advantage” to removing existing infilling as it would only disturb wildlife that have since moved in and nearby residents further. Watch to find out more about the planning system: Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now The applicant's agent said: “Most of the infilling was completed before the applicant acquired the site in 2015. “A deep gap or thrutch has been left on the western side alongside the boundary with the homes. “That leaves the cutting's western chalk face exposed, it will be available for geological inspections. “The thrutch has been left untouched by the infilling which protects residents and trees on the western side. An aerial view of the Little Weighton Railway Cutting from 2019, with homes on New Village Road on its left. (Image: Google/East RIding of Yorkshire Council planning portal) “It's an obvious fact that the sheer chalk face provides security for residents' gardens. “This is private land, no one but the owner should be on there and it's better left as it is.” Cllr Brown stated the site now fell under the East Riding's biodiversity criteria after becoming a wildlife corridor. The parish councillor said: “The latest stages of infilling the cutting far exceed and therefore contravene the original planning conditions, the applicant has failed to abide by them. “The area is now flooding due to the part completion of works. “This is a historically significant site dating from the Industrial Revolution, it sometimes gets visits from railway enthusiasts who want to learn about the former Hull to Barnsley line. A ditch, or thrutch, dug in the Little Weighton Railway Cutting on the border with homes on New Village Road. (Image: East Riding of Yorkshire Council/YouTube) Cllr Richard Meredith, whose Dale ward covers the site, told the committee: “The original condition stated all existing trees on the south west side should be retained. “The condition was attached to protect wildlife, residents and an asset of historical significance. “It would see the site restored to its original state, that would require the moving of earth but it would be done by an earth moving company.” Committee member Cllr Geraldine Mathieson said while she would like the site to return to nature and open, that would risk harming wildlife which has already made a home there. Cllr Mathieson said: “I'm a lover of railway and industrial heritage, but aerial pictures show much of the infilling took place a long time ago. “It's a shame residents and councillors didn't do something about this at the time, this committee doesn't deal with planning enforcement. The Little Weighton Railway Cutting was once part of a line which took trains from Hull to Barnsley. (Image: @TarkId=32981878) “I would like to see the cutting as somewhere

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