Wharfside Regeneration Development limited (WRDL) with our consultants RPS, has been carefully investigating the potential in landfill mining linked with the opportunity of bringing sites to be mined forward for residential or mixed-use purposes. The aim and business plan enables us to work with land owners to identify suitable sites to mine/extract waste, separate out renewables and refill with inert material to enable development in whole or part.
We are currently in negotiation with a number of County Councils, Unitary Authorities and private companies in England & Scotland, for us to acquire former landfill sites, a good number of which are a liability in terms of cost and monitoring. The land owners see the benefits of cost savings and capping future liabilities and responsibilities for these sites, whilst being in receipt of benefits in the form of new housing, capital receipts and environmental improvement. It allows also the use of reclaimed site to be used instead of green field land for development.
Until recently it was felt that landfill mining was not viable, however our exhaustive investigations and research show that the exercise can be viable. There is general acceptance of our methodology by local Authorities and, in particular, the Environment Agency. All parties will benefit and the risk removed from the land owners. Technology has improved; the government supports business objectives to improve the environment and to move away from landfill to recycling. The time is right.
The methodology includes an input investigation by us and a full site investigation by our specialist consultants, RPS, once we have agreed a proposal with the land owner. The process when started will be fully insured covering protection for gradual, as well as sudden and accidental environmental liability.
Completion of the operation will provide a clean site comparable with other traditional remediated brownfield sites. It is important that all suitable sites will be able to achieve outline planning permission as provisionally agreed for a residential, retail, or mixed-use development, prior to commencement of operations.
Our lawyers, Simmons & Simmons, have a long history in environmental and planning practice with a waste management team acting for both the public and private sectors. Transactional elements will include environmental implications of alternative deal structures.
WRDL was formed originally to acquire and deal with challenging brownfield sites, taking them through the remediation process working with the Environment Agency and our consultants and obtain a sustainable planning consent for residential or mixed-use developments. Its Directors have many years’ experience in the development of major regeneration schemes throughout the UK within the Wharfside Group, and other companies. These in the main were derived from brownfield sites and latterly moving into landfill mining.
- RPS covering all aspects of waste and environmental issues, site investigation and strategic and specific planning.
- Alan Baxter & Associates, consulting engineers, who will deal with all engineering work as necessary for mining plus specific advice on highways and infrastructure matters.
- David Adamson & Partners, Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors, who will assist with the ‘set up’ of each landfill mining site
- Simmons & Simmons FSI who will act as Wharfside’s lawyers on all matters including environmental in England and Wales.
- We have experienced planning teams that we use for differing areas of the UK to ensure they are hands-on in the appropriate locations.
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