Glass recycling facilities unnecessary as part of food store extension

Lidl UK secured the removal of a condition which had been imposed on a permission for an extension to one of its food stores in west Yorkshire which required the provision of glass recycling facilities.

An existing recycling facility comprising four containers sited on a single parking space had been removed. The council claimed that such facilities were important because glass was not collected from people’s homes. It was necessary, therefore, to provide convenient sites which would encourage residents to recycle.

However, the council had not provided evidence to prove that such provision was directly related to the permission for the extension, an inspector held. The previous recycling facilities had been provided by the council and operated under a licence with the landowner. Such provision, while contributing to sustainable resource management, was not necessary in order to make the extension acceptable in planning terms and the appeal was allowed.

Inspector: Geoff Underwood; Written representations

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