Biolab planning consent granted in 2004

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Biolab planning consent granted in 2004

The operators of Biolab at Andoversford, where fire broke out last week, were granted planning consent for their activities in 2004, Cotswold District Council has confirmed.

The Council said that Biolab made an application for Hazardous Substances Consent in April 2004, which was granted four months later after consultation with a number of public organisations and neighbouring properties.

Consultees including the Environment Agency, Fire Prevention Officer, Health and Safety Executive (HSE), British Gas Transco, Southern Electric, CDC's Environmental Health Officer and Gloucestershire County Council's Emergency Management Services.

The HSE concluded that "the risks to the surrounding population arising from the proposed operation are so small that there are no significant reasons, on safety grounds, for refusing Hazardous Substances Consent".

Subject to three conditions relating to the storage of the substances, which were imposed by the Council within the decision notice, the HSE raised no objections to the application.

The Environment Agency advised that the site was lower tier COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) and therefore must have a major accident prevention policy in place and must prepare, test and review site emergency plans.

The Parish Council raised no objection to the application and the Council received no letters from members of the public relating to the matter.

Cotswold District Council Chief Executive Bob Austin said: "It is important to stress that we consulted with the necessary statutory consultees and approved the application on the basis of their expert and specialist advice."

Regulation of such sites is carried out by the competent authority (HSE and the Environment Agency).

The Health and Safety Executive are now handling management of the fire site in conjunction with Cotswold District Council.

Posted : 11/09/2006 11:38:36

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