December 8 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Officers have recommended a borough council should raise concerns about a proposed waste transfer station in Bury St Edmunds.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council is being consulted on Suffolk County Council’s plans for the facility at the existing Rougham Hill Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).
An environment assessment report submitted with the planning application said it is anticipated HGVs accessing the waste transfer station for delivery of waste or to upload bulked material would total about 61 per day.
While borough council officers said they did not object to “the principle of the development,” they recommended the authority’s development control committee - which meets on Thursday - should raise a number of concerns with the county council.
They include the landscape impact of the proposed building and the lack of an assessment of the potential impact of noise and odour on a nearby future housing development of about 1,250 homes.
Others to have raised concerns include the Bury Society, neighbours to the site and Hopkins Homes and Pigeon (Bury East) Ltd.
Hopkins Homes and Pigeon, which have been working on plans for the 1,250 homes, said the waste transfer station would not enhance the quality and character of the area and “will negatively impinge on the amenity of future occupiers”.
Increased traffic and the proposed operating hours of the facility have also been major concerns for people in the area.
The environment assessment report said it would operate 24 hours a day 365 days a year, with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but county councillor Sarah Stamp said she had managed to achieve a reduction.
She said after working with her colleagues at the county council the hours would now be 6am to 10pm 362 days of the year.
“The residents are happy now they know the hours have been reduced, but there are still some concerns.”