Egger has been given the go ahead to double the amount of chemicals it stores at its Hexham, Northumberland site.

Tynedale council has given the company permission to increase formaldehyde storage from 1,700 tonnes to 3,600 tonnes and methanol storage from 350 tonnes to 600 tonnes.

Egger says the new consent will not result in any more chemicals actually being stored. The application is designed to come in line with changing regulations on hazardous substances.

A spokesperson said: ‘We have to re-apply for consent to store these chemicals. There’s nothing really changing in terms of the way they are being stored and we don’t see it as a major application.’