The scheme was proposed on a parcel of undeveloped land in a conservation area that had an industrial character. The new site operation would involve the importation of non-hazardous waste. An inspector found that the conservation area derived part of its significance from a canal that ran through it and historic buildings and structures along the corridor of this watercourse. The inspector found that the towpaths along the canal offered welcome respite and visual relief from busy roads and utilitarian industrial buildings within the surrounding area. The grant of planning permission for up to 300 dwellings on a nearby site had the potential to significantly alter the character of the area further away from its industrial origins. Against that background, there was every indication that in the future the local area would have a mixed industrial and residential character that may also include a stronger recreational element deriving from the use of the canal. Reference was also made to the growth of the nearby banqueting centre.
Taken together, it seemed to the inspector that the local townscape and nearby uses would have a high sensitivity to the likely change that would result from the introduction of a new waste transfer station. The proposal was found to significantly harm the character and appearance of the local area and the conservation area to which considerable importance and weight was attached.
Inspector: Gary Deane; Written representations