The council considered that the use had been abandoned but the reporter, while noting the poor condition of some of the buildings and a change in ownership, did not find any evidence of any other use having been made of the site in the intervening period since the waste management licence was surrendered in 2014 and concluded that use of the facility had been temporarily ceased but not abandoned.
The principle of a waste recycling facility on the site remained consistent with the development plan and the reporter found the site capable of handling a wide range of waste types without adverse impacts in terms of traffic, noise or odour. The nearest dwelling was outside the suggested 250 metre buffer zone between mixed waste processing facilities and sensitive receptors suggested by SPP in order to safeguard waste management installations. The reporter decided to allow the appeal.
Reporter: Rosie Leven; Written representations