Whitecleave Quarry, Buckfastleigh.


The planning inquiry was successful in stopping whitecleeves being used an as IBA dump. Read a blow by blow account here:


Below is some historical information:

In April 2012 DCC refused MVV’s  Planning Application for the quarry to be used as an IBA waste plant. Gilpin has just annunced its intention to appeal this decision. More information below from the Buckfastleign Community Forum:

We are disappointed to announce that MVV/Gilpin are to appeal against the Devon County Council planning decision in April to refuse permission for the IBA processing plant in Whitecleave Quarry, Buckfastleigh. A full copy of MVV’s statement is enclosed at the bottom of this email.

Buckfastleigh Community Forum will continue to fight to stop this scheme and we will hold a meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday 15th Oct) in the White Hart at 7.30 p.m. We would encourage as many people to attend as possible as we will need to raise further funds for legal fees and also employ as much local expertise as possible. In particular, we will need people with the following areas of expertise.

  • Legal and planning
  • Social media
  • Fundraising
  • Research

We will shortly also announce a date for a town public meeting.

We do have significant funds available to start our legal battle and we are committed to using the very best legal experts in this field. However, this could be another long battle as we fight the appeal and, if necessary, seek a judicial review of the outcome of the appeal.

As a community, we have won every battle that we have had to fight so far. Remember, every single democratic scrutiny of this plan has rejected it – from our local councils, our local MPs, Devon County Council Planning Committee and the massive turnout for the Parish Poll. All have said NO.

Please come to the meeting tomorrow and please pledge time and, if you can, money to help rid Buckfastleigh of this scheme once and for all.

Best wishes

Julia Wilton / Neil Smith

Co- chairs, Buckfastleigh Community Forum

Our account details:

Lloyds TSB, Totnes Branch, PO box 1000, BX1 1LT Account Name: Buckfastleigh Community Forum

Bank sort code 30-98-69, account number 02294512

MVV’s statement:

MVV Environment Devonport has decided to lodge an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate against the decision of Devon County Council to refuse planning permission for a Materials Recycling Facility and an IBA processing plant at Whitecleave Quarry in Buckfastleigh.

The original planning application by MVV included plans for facilities to process the bottom ash from the Energy from Waste plant currently being built in Plymouth and for a Materials

Recycling Facility to process construction and demolition waste. The development proposals are in line with the Devon Waste Plan and meet the policies in the new National Planning Policy Framework.

Paul Carey, Managing Director of MVV Environment Devonport Limited said: “We have considered our options over the past five months and remain convinced that the Whitecleave Quarry site is the best available. Our lawyers have been in contact with Devon County Council to seek clarification of the Reasons for Refusal prior to making the formal appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.”

In April this year the planning application was recommended for approval by the officers at Devon County Council and none of the technical and statutory consultees objected to the application. The measures which MVV propose to manage any dust, noise and traffic will mean that the development will not have a significant adverse impact on residents; careful landscaping design will also mean that the development will be well screened from general

MVV have looked at the alternative sites in the Devon Waste Local Plan and they still believe that none of the available alternative sites identified in the plan are any more suitable than the site in Buckfastleigh. Whitecleave Quarry is on the A38 dual carriageway, easily accessible from Plymouth, and the development will not cause nuisance and disturbance to residents of the town.



There is a link to both Gilpin and MVV on this post  Toxic Waste Dumping in Buckfastleigh (Click to get to the post.)


Here is the SHFoE response to the planning application to site an IBA waste dump in the quarry.

Whitecleave Quarry


There was a meeting about Whitecleave Quarry at Tones Civic Hall chaired by SHDC Cllr Robert Vint.

Unfortunately no one from Gilpin or MVV attended – they were invited.

Jennie Beams wrote a report of the meeting  which you can find here.Incinerator Bottom Ash meeting