Knacker's yard capacity increase risks highway and odour impact

The owners of a knacker's yard in Norfolk has failed to secure an increase in the amount of waste carcasses that could be processed each year, an inspector expressing concern about the impact on highway safety and local residents.

Under the terms of an existing permission the number of carcasses was limited to 200 tonnes per annum and the appellant requested that this be increased to 500 tonnes. As part of this requirement the appellant stated that two new incinerators would be required which would replace existing plant and equipment. He suggested various conditions which would limit the amount of traffic arriving at the site each day and an odour control system.

The submitted information on these matters was insufficient for conditions to be drafted, the inspector held, since arbitrary and unenforceable limits might be set. The business served a wide area and access was via a narrow road through a village. It was not suitable for further expansion and its proximity to residential properties required a detailed odour management plan to be agreed. The submitted information lacked detail and consequently he was unsure whether the various measures of mitigation would be effective and capable of regulation by the council.

Inspector: Geoffrey Hill; Written representations

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