HSBC appealing quarrying and waste enforcements

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One of the biggest banks in the world, HSBC, is appealing an enforcement notice relating to the unauthorised use of land for the deposit of controlled waste at Mobuoy Road on the outskirts of Londonderry.

The Canary Wharf headquartered bank launched the bid with the Planning Appeals Commission on May 15.

It’s also appealing an enforcement notice relating to the unauthorised removal of minerals from the Faughan-side site.

The bank - listed by the PAC as HSBC Bank PLC; HSBC Invoice Finance (UK) Ltd; HSBC Asset Finance (UK) Ltd; HSBC Equipment (UK) Ltd - is appealing the notice, which relates to “the unauthorised use of the land for the deposit of controlled waste (as defined in The Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997), making a material change in the use of the said land, being development carried out without the grant of planning permission required.”

The financial institution - one of the United Kingdom’s ‘big four’ banks - has also lodged an appeal against a notice relating to quarrying at the Londonderry site.

The second notice subject to appeal relates to “the unauthorised winning and working and removal of minerals being development carried out without the grant of planning permission”.

A third enforcement appeal has been launched by Canada Property Participations Limited, which is also based in Canary Wharf.

This notice also relates to “the unauthorised use of the land for the deposit of controlled waste (as defined in The Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997), making a material change in the use of the said land, being development carried out without the grant of planning permission required” at Mobuoy Road.

Back in late 2013 an independent report launched after half-a-million tonnes of waste was found to have been dumped in the Mobuoy Road area found that there had been a history of non-compliance with planning notices at a number of sites.

The report from Mr Chris Mills, the former Director of the Welsh Environment Agency, noted: “A site history, compiled by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency’s (NIEA) Waste Management team, summarises details of 37 actions, events or correspondence between 2003 and May 2013 regarding Mobuoy”.

Mr Mills added: “Most relate to non-compliant processes or materials, the presence of leachate and contaminants on the site and the closure of the original landfill site.”