Posted: Thu 4th Jan 2024

Tweaks made to plans for £390 million bottle making factory on outskirts of Ebbw Vale /

TWEAKS have been made to new plans for a £390 million bottle making factory earmarked for the  Rassau Industrial Estate on the outskirts of Ebbw Vale.
In September last year, it was revealed that Turkish firm CiNER Glass Ltd wanted to make number of changes to the original planning permission to build a glass bottle making factory that they were given in June 2022 by the Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council’s Planning Committee.
To do this they lodged a a section 73 planning application with the council and an initial public consultation on the changes took place in October and November last year.
A further month-long consultation started over the Christmas holiday period after further tweaks to the plans were made, these centred on the “batch building” proposed at the site.
The changes followed a meeting between the firm’s planning agents, Arup, and Blaenau Gwent planners on December 5.
The purpose of this meeting was to find out if changes proposed to the batch building, which would make it smaller, fall within the scope of the current application.
Planning agents Arup said: “The proposed changes comprise rotating the batch building by 90 degrees, with the longer elevations now facing east and west.
“This change was essential in reducing the overall size of the service yard, reducing the overall footprint of the development, and subsequently allowing the relocation of the warehouse to the end of the main production buildings, forming the preferred linear layout.”
Changes include removing 12 “bulk material storage silos” from the proposal as the building was originally to have six silos on each side of it.
Arup said: “There will be a reduction in on-site bulk storage resulting in a reduction to the overall building footprint.”
Another change will see “two material feeder units” for sand delivery added to the plan.
Arup said: “The previous design’s hopper solution resulted in very deep basement structures.
“The shallower basements result in a more efficient design solution.”
A conveyor bridge structure will also be moved from the end of the building to the side.
Arup explained: “This was required due to the rotation of the building.”
New documents lodged with the proposal say that the noise which is expected to come from the batch building had already been assessed as part of an “addendum” to the Environmental Assessment.
According to Arup it is “unlikely” that the changes would create “new significant effects.”
Due to this they believe the changes “sit within the scope” of the application and that the supporting documentation is enough to assess it.
Last year, Arup were commissioned by CiNER to change some of the “approved parameters” to the scale, height, layout, appearance, access, and landscape of the proposal.
The company also want to remove a condition which relates to Great Crested Newts as they believe they have provided “sufficient details” on this topic.
Anyone with comments on the proposal should email or write to the Planning Team, General Offices, Steelworks Road, Ebbw Vale NP23 6DN by January 29. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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