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Latest update: 7 February 2018
Blaydon Quarry Landfill Permit Transfer Application
In November 2017 we received an application to transfer the environmental permit at Blaydon Quarry to a potential new operator.
This application has been assessed in detail by our national permitting service with input from staff locally. This assessment has now been completed and we have decided that the application be refused. This is because we did not have confidence that permit compliance could be achieved.
In view of the transfer refusal, Octagon Green Solutions Ltd remains the legal operator of the landfill site and is responsible for permit compliance.
We have also responded to recent public reports concerning odours coming from the site. Our investigations have found odours in a section of the current active cell. As a result we have issued an enforcement notice requiring remedial work be carried out in this area.
This work will include the installation of an engineered sealing layer and gas extraction pipework. The work has already started and will take up to six weeks to finish. We will inspect the work on completion to ensure they have been successful.
About the landfill
Blaydon Quarry landfill, Newcastle upon Tyne, is operated by Octagon Green Solutions Ltd (Octagon).
Gateshead Council is responsible for granting planning permission. The planning application and accompanying environmental statement are available at Gateshead Council.
Regular site inspections and audits are carried out by the Environment Agency to make sure the permit is complied with.
You can view hard copies of the planning application and accompanying environmental statement at Gateshead Civic Centre and Winlaton and Blaydon libraries.