Recycling facility expansion conflicts with strategic site locations

The owners of a recycling facility in Leicestershire have failed to secure permission to expand the scope of their operations because it conflicted with the council's policies on the location of strategic sites.

The composting facility treated 50,000 tonnes per annum of black bag waste from businesses and households, allowing 90 per cent of materials to be recycled. This would increase to 75,000 tonnes per annum of municipal and commercial and industrial waste. In opposing the scheme the council alleged that the scale of the operation would raise it to the level of a strategic recycling facility but it was not well related to the waste arising.

Planning permission had originally been granted because of the proximity of the site to a landfill site. But since only 10 per cent of the waste now went to landfill the benefits of co-location had been reduced, the inspector held. It was poorly related to sources of municipal and industrial waste which in any event were declining in volume. Allowing the appeal would perpetuate unsustainable transport and the appeal was dismissed.

Inspector: Isobel McCretton; Hearing

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