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This page contains information about the proposed enz-NO Housing Development in Glynneath. The site was previously owned by the Cuddy Group who used it predominantly for landfill for their demolition and asbestos removal business. Several residents have witnessed what they believe to be asbestos and chemicals being tipped at the site. The site was tested and proven to be contaminated with the grade 1 classified carcinogens Arsenic and Benzo[a]pyrene in 2008. 

The Neath-Port Talbot Council have a duty to ensure that this contamination is recorded and dealt with as defined by the Environmental Protection Act 1990. There is no record of this being done and the council planning department are refusing to provide information about what happened when the land was found to be contaminated. 

The plans also include building on an existing inland flood plain which will increase the flood risk to the lower parts of Woodland Park and  Brynhyfryd. It is currently in the application stages at the NPT council planning department. 

The purpose of the page is to provide information to local residents with information relating to the site so that they are made aware of the potential hazards related to the development and to identify which organisations have been negligent in historically allowing the development to continue to its current stage.

We believe the development will have a negative impact on the following Glynneath locations, Woodland Park, Brynhyfryd, Waun Gron, the Inter Valley Road, Heol-y-Glyn, Aberdare Road, Ynys Las.

   

 

MORE INFORMATION......


WHY YOU SHOULD OBJECT  -  HISTORICALLY LANDFILL  -  FLOOD RISK  -  CHEMICAL TESTING  -  CONTAMINATED LAND  -  ACCOUNTABILITY

HOW TO OBJECT

  SITE HISTORY  -  PLANNING HISTORY  -  PLANNING PROCESS  -  RESOURCES  -  LINKS

JUNE 2020 UPDATE TO THE PLANS - CLICK HERE

 

REASONS WHY THE DEVELOPMENT SHOULD NOT GO AHEAD IN ITS CURRENT FORMAT 

HISTORICALLY LANDFILL  -  FLOOD RISK  -  CHEMICAL TESTING  -  CONTAMINATED LAND

 

CONTAMINATED LAND

In 2008 a chemical survey of the made ground showed that in places  Arsenic, Zinc and Benzo(a)pyrene are almost 3 times above the accepted safe levels (20080500a-DO-TFIR-geo.rpt.cuddy.5.4). 

Both Arsenic and Benzo(a)pyrene are classified as grade 1 carcinogens. They can cause cancer.

 

The report showed clearly that the land was a danger to local residents (neighbouring site users) and as such the Neath-Port Talbot Council had a duty to either investigate the contamination further and then enforce the Cuddy Group to remediate (clean up) the land or pass the contamination information on to the Environment Agency to oversee the process who would have undergone a similar process. This is a legal requirement regulated by the UK Government Environmental Protection Act 1990. 

There is no record of this contaminated land being dealt with but there is a record of it being ignored and then covered up by the Neath Port Talbot Council Planning Department. For evidence of this.................

CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

 

RECENT CHEMICAL ANALYSIS INADEQUATE

The above quote is taken from an objection by a chemistry graduate Simon Thomas. The recent chemical analysis of the site taken for the current application tests to less than a metre in places. Previous tests have showed that the land is contaminated. We believe that the test for this planning application has deliberately avoided testing to a reasonable depth because of previous negative results. If we look at the photographs below taken recently at the site, we will see that it is leaking chemicals in several locations

 

RECENT PHOTOS AND NOTES FROM THE SITE

20/3/2020   oil? chemicals? in a pond/puddle on the top of the plateau

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what looks to be chemicals leaking from the site into the stream, and a small pool of water containing what looks to be unhatched frog spawn. If this is frog spawn the tadpoles should have hatched by now and be swimming in the pond.

 

THE LAND IS INCORRECTLY IDENTIFIED AS SUITABLE FOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

The land on which the proposed Enzo development is planned has been incorrectly identified on the Local Development Plan. This plan states that the land is 'gently sloping' and suitable for housing development. However, the land is clearly industrial landfill for the majority of the site and wetlands/bog in the remaining area.

On the Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council Local Development Plan adopted in January 2016 - (CLICK HERE for the LDP) the land at Heol-y-Glyn has been identified for housing development. It is described as 'gently sloping'. 

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However the land is far from gently sloping it is a large plateau of industrial waste with a steep bank and a flood plain. 

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Over the last 90 years it has had two historical uses.

1. LANDFILL - Historically the land has been used for the last 90 years as landfill. However, there is no information about the land having previously been used for municipal or industrial landfill in the Local Development Plan . The 2008 survey states that here has been no historical evidence of a landfill location for 1km. This information is taken off Ordnance Survey maps and is clearly incorrect. In the 2003 planning approval on the site conditions 17 and 18 refer to the access road to the site requiring testing prior to the construction of the access road because the land had been 'tipped on'.  This provides evidence that the Neath Port Talbot Council Planning Department were already aware that the land had been used as industrial landfill. Local residents who have lived in Glynneath all their life always refer to the land as 'the tip'. This includes 84 year old Ray Jones whose father was the refuse collector in the 1930's and 1940s. Testimonials collected from other residents provide evidence that the land has always been either a council or industrial landfill site. 

2. FLOOD PLAIN - The land in the south west of the proposed development acts as an inland flood plain. The plan shows several houses being built in the location. The land has historically been known by residents as 'the bog' because it has traditionally been a flood plain / marshland area. In heavy rain the surface water on the site has always flowed to that corner and two streams converge in the corner causing the area to 'flood' in heavy rain. The ground was tested to 3 metres in 2008 which showed only peat at the location. The 'bog' is situated above a fault line in the earth's crust. The 2008 survey 'assumed' that no-one would build there because in the words of a local resident 'only an idiot would build houses there'. Building on the flood plain will move it to the neighbouring properties (see illustrations below of the areas and streams in flood).

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ACCOUNTABILITY - Neath Port Talbot Council are negligent. The person or persons accountable for the accuracy of the information about the Heol-y-Glyn site in the Local Development Plan (page 132 row 2) is/are negligent for not undertaking due diligence. They have not identifiied that this land which had been historically used as landfill for the last 90 years or as an inland flood plain. They have said incorrectly that it was suitable for housing development.

ACCOUNTABILITY - Glynneath Town Council and County Councillors for the area of the development land are negligent for not undertaking due diligence in scrutinising the information made available to them by the NPT Council. Notably the  Local Development Plan and planning applications by the Cuddy Group. Specifically the 2003 initial application, passed on 12 July 2005 (20050712a-WB-NPTC-CUDD-plan-approval) and the 2008 planning application relating to condition 17 (20081106a-WB-NPTC-CUDD=cond17 - CLICK HERE).

    

TIMELINE & FURTHER ACCOUNTABILITY

2003 63.jpg (116832 bytes) Condition 17 (& 18 not illustrated) from the initial 2003 planning approval (P2003/1330) provide evidence that the NPTC Planning department were aware of the land's historical usage as landfill. 

The use of the term "in view of the tipped material on the site." is evidence of this.

From the lack of evidence of a registration in the previous planning applications on the site it must be assumed that the waste landfill added by the Cuddy Group has been unregisitered. 

2008

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Conflicting evidence in the 2008 geo-technical report shows that the land was already being used by the Cuddy Group as unregistered landfill. It was said that "Made ground is known to overlie the superficial deposits across the majority of the site", the report used Envirocheck, a consultancy firm from Reading, Berkshire for this information. They provided information that no historical or current landfill sites situates within 1km of the site" The British Geological Survey defines made ground as:

"Made ground — man-made deposits such as embankments and spoil heaps on the natural ground surface."

ACCOUNTABILITY - The company submitting the report, Terra Firma (Wales) Ltd., have misrepresented the information contained within it. The introduction of the report says that checks were made by the Environment Agency and evidence contained in the historical information document shows that Envirocheck a commercial company based in Reading, Berkshire provided this information.

ACCOUNTABILITY - NPTC Planning Department are negligent for accepting this survey and not checking back against the 2003 approved plans to see how this information compares with the approval in place. What is clear from the 2008 survey is that this survey should have been conducted before any planning applications contained on the site were approved. They have not undertaken due dilligence as to its contents.

2016 24-20200406-IM-chem05.jpg (626760 bytes) On 29 March 2020 we forwarded email chain from 2016 which included Nicola Lake and Steve Ball as planning officers on the Cuddy development. We added a cover letter as an objection. The email chain provided proof that the land was being used as industrial landfill in 2016. 

The email exchange in 2016 provided evidence that NPTCBC are negligent in allowing Cuddy to tip for 6 years and not re-defining the land as industrial landfill on the Local Development Plan in 2016 . - CLICK HERE FOR THIS EMAIL  -  20200329a-EM-RICD-NPTC-cuddy-2016-1

Below is an excerpt from this email sent on 29/3/2020 to Nicola Lake, NPTC Planning Department

"Condition 27 of the 2010 approval stated that tipping should cease 12 months after commencement. Satellite images of the site readily available on line show that this is not the case. Your department and the local councillors of Glynneath are negligent for allowing this to happen. That the Cuddy Group continued to tip industrial waste on the site without attempting to improve the access road is evidence that their intent was to tip industrial waste as opposed to building houses. The company Primrose Homes is also evidence of this, it remained a dormant company (not trading) from its creation in 2006 to the Cuddy Groups demise in 2018. Primrose Homes  also known as Heol-y-Glyn Developments Ltd did not build a house in the 12 years of its existence."

 

FLOOD RISK

The 2008 Geo-technical survey of the proposed Enzo development stated that:

"It is assumed that no development of the area in the southwest of the site, adjacent to the stream will take place. (20080500a-DO-TFIR-geo.rpt.cuddy.9.1)

The reason why the survey assumed this is because the area has been traditionally wetlands, in effect it is an inland flood plain which regularly floods in heavy rain. The same report also identified that this ground had not been tipped on and a test of the ground (TP8) showed that only peat was present. The test did not go further that 3.04 metres so there is an even greater deposit of peat than that: (Frances No 57 and Gareth No 60 and Ian No 53 will confirm this because they have lived in the area all their lives and played in this wetlands area / flood plain as children)  

There is no evidence of stable ground suitable for the construction of houses at this location. 

"No made ground was identified in TP8 (close to the stream), where peat was present from ground level to the full investigation depth of 3.04m (20080500a-DO-TFIR-geo.rpt.cuddy.4.5)"

The same report also notes that the stream follows the line of a fault in the earth's crust.

"The weakness of the underlying mudstone may be related to the proximity of the fault that runs through the site (the stream is above the fault line) - (20080500a-DO-TFIR-geo.rpt.cuddy.4.5)"

The Enzo development shows three properties being built in the southwest corner with the ground being raised a further 5 metres above its current height. This ground will then slope down to the boundaries of numbers 60, 58, 56 and 66 Brynhyfryd. This action will move the current flood plain from behind these properties to the actual properties themselves.

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The proposed development is on an inland (current) flood plain

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The consequences of building over the flood plain are that it will move to the neighbouring properties with the overspill affecting properties in the neighbourhood already susceptible to flooding. 

 

CLICK HERE FOR AN OBJECTION MADE TO NPTC PLANNING THAT INCLUDES THIS INFORMATION 

This document also includes photographs of flooding in the flod plain and in the streets and gardens of the local properties. Flooding is already a problem in the lower parts of Brynhyfryd and Woodland Park. Excess floodwater will run off and affect Aberdare Road which has already been flooded twice this year. (2020)

  

 

PRIVACY ISSUES

    There will be many - info to follow

 

THE NOTIFICATION & PLANNING PROCESS IS NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE

What is clear from chatting with the residents of our area, hardly anyone has an any idea about what is going on with the planning application and in many cases its: 

What planning application?

The council have failed to inform residents of the extent of the application and have confused residents by avoiding giving pertinent information in the title of the application.

Who is responsible for determining the titles / relevant information on planning notices?

The council planning process is clearly not fit for purpose. If we look at the purpose of the council:

"Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council exists to serve and represent the interests of its citizens and communities. We strive to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of all of our people."

The planning process is clearly NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE

 

 

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Notices were placed on private property without the permission of the oweners and became unreadable within 24 hours. 
    Residents who live next to the development have not been directly informed of the development.

These include residents of Waun Gron who will have properties overlooking them and Brynhyfryd and Woodland Park residents. 

The neighbourhood consultation process is taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic. The council employees who are working at home expect over 70s to break UK Government isolation guidelines to view planning notices, none of which refer to the extent of the proposed development.

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55 & 57 Brynhyfryd

  79.jpg (143763 bytes) 80-2008-1462.jpg (225560 bytes) The NPTC council website is broken and even if residents have the internet they are unable to download files relating to the planning application.
1/7/2020   We have been living with yellow notices on our lampposts for the last 3 months. The Planning Department have placed new yellow notices over the top of the old yellow notices. Most residents have no idea that the notices have changed, even those who have them on lampposts outside their houses are unaware.
14/7/2020   The Planning website is still broken which beg the following questions to be asked.

Have NPTC attempted to fix the problem?

 Is the broken website a deliberate attempt to discourage residents from complaining against the development?

 

1/7/2020   The new information for the June planning fails to mention the habitat survey. This is an important document because the focus is on the conservation of the stream Enzo want to tunnel the stream and build houses on top whereas the habitat survey identifies the stream as a

SITE OF IMPORTANCE FOR NATURE CONSERVATION

  PLANNING CASE OFFICER

NICOLA LAKE

email exchange - NPTC Planning Department & Dai Richards (Nicola Lake & Steve Ball) - CLICK HERE
  PLANNING DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

STEVE BALL

email exchange - NPTC Planning Department & Dai Richards (Nicola Lake & Steve Ball) - CLICK HERE

Steve Ball Planning Development Manager Complaint - CLICK HERE

  HEAD OF PLANNING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION

CERI MORRIS

 

 

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

CUDDY GROUP OWNERSHIP

The original housing development for the Heol-y-Glyn site was by Primrose Homes which is a trading name of Heol-y-Glyn Developments Ltd. The company was incorporated on 1 September 2006. 

The original company secretary was Miss Margaret Michelle Davies and the sole director was Emma Watts whose occupation was listed as office clerk (presumably at the Cuddy Group), both of Merthyr Tydfil (source Companies House website - CLICK HERE). 

On the 21 September 2006 both the secretary and the director resigned, they were replaced on the 12 October 2006 by John Cuddy operating in both roles as both the secretary and sole director. (source Companies House website - CLICK HERE). 

On 1 November 2006 Mike Cuddy joined his brother John as a director. (source Companies House website - CLICK HERE)

The company throughout its history from 2006 to 2018 submitted dormant accounts. Dormant means that the company did no business throughout the years of its existence. (source Companies House website - CLICK HERE).

A full history of the company can be found on the Companies House website.

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/05921884/filing-history 

We have seen that Primrose Homes did not build any homes so its likely that the purpose of the company was to provide a cover operation for other means. The two directors John and Mike Cuddy were also owners of the Cuddy Group. The Cuddy Group industrial waste. 

The Cuddy Group according to an article about the company on the originally published by the Western Mail, the Cuddy Group was the 12th largest demolition company in the world with demolition and asbestos removal as the core of its business. SOURCE INFO - CLICK HERE 

 

HISTORY - PLANNING - NPTCBC

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P2003/1330 

ORIGINAL PLANNING DOCUMENTS PAGE - CLICK HERE

ORIGINAL LAYOUT OF HOUSES - CLICK HERE

DECISION & CONDITIONS - CLICK HERE

The original plans were approved on 12/7/2005

Illustrated is condition 17 which states "tipped material on the site" which identifies that the ground is historically landfill.

 

 

2008  

P2008/1462 - PLANNING APPLICATION WITHDRAWN  -  P2008/1462

Agent: Martin Healer Development Services

In 2008 the Cuddy Group attempted to meet condition 17 (access road borehole testing) imposed by the council planning department. Part of the condition was that a "Geotechnical Survey of the ground be submitted "In the interests of highway safety and structural stability, in view of the tipped material on the site. 

VIEW PLANNING APPLICATION WEBSITE SUMMARY - SEARCH P2008/1462 - CLICK HERE  

VIEW PLANNING APPLICATION DOCUMENTS - (20081106a-WB-NPTC-CUDD=cond17 - CLICK HERE)

A geo-technical and geo-environmental report was submitted on the 26 November 2008. This was prepared for Moore Knight Limited by Terra Firma (Wales) Limited 

KEY DOCUMENT - P2008/1462 - GEO-TECHNICAL and GEO-ENVIROMENTAL REPORT - Prepared for Moore Knight Limited by Terra Firma (Wales) Limited

 ( 20080500a-DO-TFIR-geo.rpt.cuddy - CLICK HERE)

This document contains a mass of information relating to the site including the identification of contaminated ground and advice against building on the peat bog, however there are several contradictions contained in the report relating to its historical use as a tip. For example the majority of the land is made up mainly of 'made ground, (landfill) yet the report says there has never been a tip on site ever.

KEY DOCUMENT - P2008/1462 - ENVIROCHECK HISTORICAL INFORMATION

includes maps and test results for boreholes etc for the above report.

20090710a-DO-ENVI-hist.rpt.cuddy - CLICK HERE

Application received by the NPTC Planning Department on 6/11/2008

The application was withdrawn on 2/4/2009 - CLICK HERE

This application was most likely withdrawn because the contaminated land report and remediation recommendations would have cost the Cuddy Group several thousand pounds.

2010   Ref: 2010/0260

FULL APPROVAL WITH CONDITIONS - CLICK HERE

approved on 23/4/2010

The council gave approval for Cuddy to tip materials onto the site up to a level of 15 metres.  full planning permission on the site in 2010 with conditions. The approval on more than occasion referred to "tipped material" at the site. 

Conditions 17 and 18 state

"In the interests of highway safety and structural stability, in view of the tipped material on the site."

Condition 27 states - (27) Any importation of material shall cease within 12 months of its commencement, unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority. The Local Planning Authority shall be notified in writing when operations commence within 7 days of the commencement of tipping operations. Reason In the interest of amenity. 

The condition states that Cuddy was only allowed to tip for 12 months. What is the start date? There's an email from Nicola Lake in 2016 that says there are complex issues however the condition is quite simple, Cuddy is to give a start date, then tip for 12 months and finish. Cuddy tipped for around 5-6 years which would indicate that he gave no start date or the condition was not policed correctly by either the NPTC or Glynneath TC.

CLICK HERE FOR THIS EMAIL

2010   PLANS APPROVED WITH CONDITIONS - P2010/0562 - 1/7/2010

CLICK HERE FOR NPTC PLANNING DOCUMENTS   -  CLICK HERE FOR THE DECISION INCLUDING CONDITIONS

Condition 1 of the development states that the development needs to have begun within 5 years of the original planning approval on 12/7/2005. 

"(1) The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of five years from the date of the original planning permission P2003/1330 (approved on 12/07/05). Reason To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990."

The last fully approved permission with conditions were made on 1/7/2010. There is no evidence of the development beginning since 2005 and only the tipping of industrial waste has occurred since 2010. Even if this permission carried forward to the 2010 approved plans, there has been a considerable alteration to the shape of the site and the make up of the ground. The satellite photographs below provide evidence of this. Therefore the permission for P2003/1330 has lapsed because the owners of the land have been unable to meet this condition. It is therefore inadmissible with this application.

CLICK HERE FOR AN OBJECTION CONTAINING THIS INFORMATION

2016   PLANS DECLINED - P2016/0974 (not found on the 2003 search) - REFUSAL OF PLANNING

failure to meet conditions including the cessation of tipping.

 

2020   P2020/0195

What the NPT Council Planning Department said when we asked them to delay the Enzo planning application because of COVID-19 and the social distancing restrictions for the elderly in our street.

"However despite the current circumstances in relation to Covid 19 we are unable to hold the application until after the present circumstances have been relaxed.  Instead we would suggest that you consider using social media"

2020  

On 28th July 2020 the Glynneath Town Council met and resolved to make the following representation on the planning application.

 "The Glynneath Town Council is concerned about resident's reports of illegal tipping of chemical waste on the site and of its historical use as a domestic and industrial landfill site since the 1940s. We would like to see a thorough investigation of the land for actual and potential contamination of the site down to its natural ground level". 

 

Additional to this they will be sending a covering letter requesting further information from the planning department.

CLICK HERE FOR A YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE DISCUSSION AT THIS MEETING

 

Condition 1 of the development states that the development needs to have begun within 5 years of the original planning approval on 12/7/2005. 

"(1) The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of five years from the date of the original planning permission P2003/1330 (approved on 12/07/05). Reason To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990."

The last fully approved permission with conditions were made on 1/7/2010. There is no evidence of the development beginning since 2005 and only the tipping of industrial waste has occurred since 2010. Even if this permission carried forward to the 2010 approved plans, there has been a ten year gap since then without approved planning permission. There has also been considerable alteration to the shape of the site and the make up of the ground. In 2016 this necessitated a cessation of tipping order. The satellite photographs below readily available on-line provide evidence of this. Therefore the permission for P2003/1330 must be considered to have lapsed because the previous developers were unable to meet this condition. There is no extant planning permission for this application.

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SITE HISTORY - SATELLITE AND OTHER IMAGES
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2004 78-20050000E-IM-cuddy-burni.jpg (396884 bytes) Burning material on site was a regular occurrence for the Cuddy Group. (image courtesy of Ian & Dorothy Williams)
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We can see that Cuddy has removed fully grown trees without permission and the variety of colour and haphazard shape of the tipped material gives rise to the question, what was Cuddy dumping? (image courtesy of Ian & Dorothy Williams)

Around this time Jordan Beale, age 9 was playing on the site and building dens out of the materials found there. One day Jordan and his friend arrived home with a fridge door. It became illegal to dump fridges and freezers in UK landfill sites on 1 January 2002. The fridge door Jordan brought home was dumped illegally and is classed as hazardous waste. 

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2014 87-2014-sat-image.jpg (451987 bytes) 1 - Image one shows the Cuddy machine busy at work.

2 - Image two shows recently disturbed ground in two isolated spots in the tipped area. 

3. Image three shows machine tracks to these isolated locations.

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The following is a statement from a local resident which formed part of an objection to the planning application for this site. 

"The back of the house including my garden overlooks the tip as I am on top of Bryhyfryd Hill. I get up several times in the night to use the toilet. I have seen a number of lorries dumping in the pitch dark, also at one time with Cuddy and company they kept a machine over there, by day the Cuddy worker would turn up and unbury everything [meaning they would dig up the top of the previous day's hole just above what they had dumped the previous day] I (Dai Richards am also witness to this type of activity, I cycle regularly down the Banwen Rd and I used to stop and watch the Cuddy' vehicles at work]. "I've also been over there (to the proposed Enzo site) early in the morning and seen large metallic barrels containing what I believe to be asbestos, I am familiar with asbestos and I have seen broken bits pushed down into the ground . The barrels also contained chemicals and when the Cuddy machine driver turned up at 8.00am in the morning they were pushed into the ground. There were lorries during the day which were bringing stuff from I don't know where but they were burying all the waste. (I asked this resident  how far away he was from the barrels?) He replied. I kicked them and they were full, they were not empty. 

 

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WHY YOU SHOULD OBJECT

Timescale - It is likely that the window to object will stay open longer that the 2nd April deadline. Reading the small print in an email from the planning department it should be open for a couple of weeks at least.  

Please join me in objecting to this proposal on the following grounds.

1. The ground has been incorrectly identified by the council as 'housing development' when the surveys provided to them have clearly shown that its main historical use has been 'industrial landfill.'

2. Building over the stream increases the flood risk to the lower parts of Brynhyfryd and Woodland Park. In torrential rain, water running off the higher ground will settle in Brynhyfryd and Woodland Park and flood the lower houses. 

3. There will be excessive noise and disturbance from the tipping, once the stream is piped underground, we will have bulldozers and earth movers working right up to our boundary fences, any trees or shrubs in the way will be removed.

4. During dry periods contaminated dust clouds will form and cause a health hazard for residents who may have asthma or bronchial conditions. You won’t be able to dry clothes on the line, cars and windows will become filthy.

5. Heavy earth moving machinery working near our boundary walls and properties may cause damage to their foundations or structure.

6. The new houses will overlook the street and we will lose our privacy.

7. The chemical testing on the ground has been inadequate.


How to object:  

(Due to the corona virus, the only way to object at present is by email)

By sending an email direct to planning@npt.gov.uk 

You will need to include the following information

The date:

Your name and address

Application No.- P2020/0195 

Site address - Land South Of Heol Y Glyn Glynneath Neath.

The reason/s why you are objecting to the application. (see above list)

Via the planning website www.npt.gov.uk/planningonline ( NOT AVAILABLE )

 - view the application (search for P2020/0195) and click on leave a comment. This will allow you to object.

By writing to NPT Planning, The Quays, Brunel Way, Neath, SA11 2GG

ACCOUNTABILITY

NEATH-PORT TALBOT - THE COUNCIL OF DEATH  

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DUMPING 1940-2017 - Several residents of the area witnessed what they believe to be suspicious activity happening at the site while it was under the ownership of the Cuddy Group. This includes the presence of barrels believed to be of chemical waste. 

Activities of the Cuddy Group included:

Tipping in the middle of the night / early morning, residents were woken regularly at 2.00 and 3.00am to the sound of lorries tipping waste.

Tipping into deep holes, special deep holes which were dug by machines and then waste was tipped into them and the holes were refilled.

The land was proven to be contaminated in 2008 and the test showed that around 65% of the soil at the site was contaminated, however some of the contamination may have been from the site's historical use as a council 'ash' tip, it is not known when exaxctly tipping commenced at the site but it is known that it was an actively being tipped on circa 1940.

PLANNING MISCONDUCT 2008-2010 - The Neath Port Talbot Council planning team have deliberately placed the lives of Glynneath residents at risk in 2010 by not following the laws and regulations relating to contaminated land. The planning department in 2010 hid the fact that the land at the Heol-y-Glyn site is contaminated with grade 1 classified carcinogens which I believe breaches the Environmental Protection Act 1990. CLICK HERE FOR THIS INFORMATION

COUNCIL COVER UP - 2020

The council are covering up the fact that the planning department have broken regulations by refusing to investigate the actions of the planning department 2008-2010. This contravenes the both the regulations of the council and the purpose and values of Neath Port Talbot Council.

The following members of Neath Port Talbot Council have been made aware of this and they either continue to hide this council misconduct by committing misconduct/malpractice themselves or they are in a position to question the actions of the planning department by their elected representation and are refusing to communicate or do anything about it.

Steve Ball (Planning Development Manager) s.ball@npt.gov.uk  01639 686727 - COMPLAINT 1

Mr Ceri Morris, (Head of Planning and Public Protection) - c.morris1@npt.gov.uk  01639 686 681

Nicola Pearce (Director of Environment and Regeneration) n.pearce@npt.gov.uk  01639 686668

Councillor Rob Jones (Council Leader), cllr.r.g.jones@npt.gov.uk  01639 681253

Councillor Del Morgan (Glynneath), cllr.j.d.morgan@npt.gov.uk  01639 722300 

Councillor Simon Knoyle, Glynneath, cllr.s.a.knoyle@npt.gov.uk  07968 386108

   

 

RESOURCES / USEFUL INFORMATION

NPTC PURPOSE & VALUES
NPTC CODE OF CONDUCT
NPTC CONTAMINATED LAND INFO
OTHER CONTAMINATED LAND INFO
PLANNING INFO

 

LINKS

NPTCBC Planning website - https://www.npt.gov.uk/planningonline

      

Planning Committee home page - CLICK HERE

       

Council Planning Application page  -  CLICK HERE

APPLICATION REFERENCE P2020/0195 -  https://www.npt.gov.uk/planningonline  -  CLICK HERE

 
Exchange of emails with the planning department at NPTC - CLICK HERE

      

Steve Ball - Planning Development Manager complaint - CLICK HERE
 
Link to BBC website Enzo fined for felling tree - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-50061303

 

 

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