Used tyres compressed to form building blocks

The manufacture of blocks using waste tyres on a large industrial estate in Essex was permitted, a council's concern regarding smell and fire risk being rejected by an inspector who concluded that it would not pose an unacceptable health hazard to local residents.

Residential properties lay approximately 30 metres from the edge of the appeal site and the appellant explained that the waste tyres would be delivered by lorry. They would be cut to prevent re-use and then compressed to create one tonne blocks bound by wire. They would then be transported off-site. Two baler machines and cutters would enable the removal of tyres from the steel rims.

At his site visit the inspector observed the machinery running at full capacity, and the noise emissions were modest. He could not detect any unusual smells and the Environment Agency did not object on the basis of any health risks including the risk of the tyres combusting. In his opinion, the development would sit comfortably within the site and would be compatible with the surrounding environs.

Inspector Doug Cramond; Written representations

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