DC Casebook: Waste management - Heavy lorry movement increase blocked

The owners of a waste transfer station in the New Forest have been refused permission for an increase in lorry movements because of the impact on safety and the national park's character.

A condition restricted the number of lorry movements to 60 on weekdays and six on Saturdays. No more than 50 weekday movements during the week could involve heavy commercial vehicles weighing more than 7.5 tonnes. The appellants wished to increase the total number of movements to 100 during the week, of which no more than 60 would involve heavy vehicles.

A potential increase of 60 per cent in heavy vehicle movements was likely to exacerbate damage to footways and verges, the inspector decided. During a site visit, he noted that some lorries mounted the footway or crossed the centre line to turn at a junction. More such movements would exacerbate this impact and undermine residents' amenity and landscape quality, he held.

The inspector also expressed concern about the impact on securing a sustainable waste management strategy. He appreciated that the site performed a valuable function in providing recycling. However, the appellants' own figures indicated that only 26 per cent of skip collections originated in the national park, with collections occurring across a 40km radius extending as far as Southampton, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Salisbury.

He found no evidence that increasing lorry movements would allow the appellants to focus on meeting local needs from the national park. He also found little to support their assertion that the business might close if it was not allowed to raise processing capacity to 22,000 tonnes per annum.

DCS Number 100-069-178

Inspector Brian Dodd; Written representations.

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