Planning permission is being sought for the importation of around 1.2 million tonnes of soil and stone on to a Kildare site.
Dunlavin Land Restoration Ltd wants to bring in the "natural inert waste materials and/or suitable by-product materials" on to the site of a former sand and gravel pit in Usk, Killcullen, in order to back-fill.
The firm plans to return the pit to "long-term grassland/agricultural use."
Kildare County Council planners are scheduled to issue a decision on October 8th.
The development description is as follows:
"Backfilling of a former sand and gravel pit to its former ground level using approximately 1,240,000 tonnes of imported natural inert waste materials and/or suitable by-product materials, principally soil and stone generated by construction and development projects; Establishment and operation of an inert soil waste recovery facility to provide for the recovery through backfilling, of natural inert soil and stone waste;Installation of site infrastructure including site offices, staff welfare facilities, weighbridge (with dedicated office), wheelwash facility, hardstand areas, fuel storage tanks, and site access roads;Use of an existing storage shed as a waste inspection and quarantine facility and for storage of plant and equipment; Separation of any intermixed construction and demolition waste (principally concrete, metal, timber, PVC pipes and plastic) inadvertently imported to site prior to removal off-site to authorized waste disposal or recovery facilities; Temporary stockpiling of imported topsoil pending re-use as cover material for the final restoration of the site; Restoration of the final backfilled landform to long-term grassland/agricultural use. The proposed development requires a waste licence from the Environmental Protection Agency
Development Address: Usk, ,Kilcullen, ,Co.Kildare".