Green belt waste use judged intrusive

The retention of a waste operation producing secondary aggregates near Heathrow Terminal 5 has been blocked on visual amenity grounds, with an inspector noting that stockpiles could be seen from the departure lounge, car park and link road.

The use involved engineering operations to process construction materials together with stockpiling of sorted secondary aggregates. The inspector observed that the stockpiles rose to a considerable height and were light in colour, in contrast to the surroundings. In his opinion, this undermined the area's openness.

He accepted that there was a need for secondary aggregate production for construction and agreed that the site was well connected to the road network. He also acknowledged that the London Plan aims for 95 per cent of construction waste to be recycled by 2020. The appeal site would make a six per cent contribution to this, he heard.

However, he also observed that the centre served a catchment area of 2,000km2. In his opinion, the appellants had not shown that it was impossible to relocate the development onto a more acceptable site outside the green belt. The need to ensure that recycling targets were met did not justify inappropriate development in the green belt, he ruled.

DCS Number 100-050-530

Inspector Stephen Roscoe; Inquiry.

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