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Planners likely to refuse £40m recycling centre plan for Brierley Hill
6:30pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
PLANS to build a £40million indoor recycling centre on a disused railway site in Brierley Hill look set to be refused by Dudley planners.
Clean Power Properties hopes to build a new high-tech energy recovery facility to convert waste into renewable electricity and heat on a nine-acre site off Moor Street.
But a report to Dudley Council’s development control committee is recommending refusal of the ambitious scheme which has met with fierce opposition from hundreds of residents and three ward councillors.
It says a 350-name petition objecting to the recycling facility was submitted plus 134 individual letters opposing the development - amid fears it will impact on wildlife and the character of the area and bring extra lorries to Brierley Hill’s streets - increasing the risk of road accidents and noise nuisance.
Residents are also worried about potential odour pollution from the site and the impact it may have on health and air quality and their concerns are echoed in the committee report which recommends the scheme be turned down.
The report states: “There are substantive concerns that residential amenity could be adversely affected by odour, due to the close proximity of the proposed waste plant to existing and proposed houses, and as such the proposed development is not considered an appropriate use of the site.”
A legal advisor to Clean Power Properties, however, is quoted as saying: “There is no evidential basis to justify that the proposal would be harmful or unacceptable in relation to odour issues which would justify refusal.”
The report states the facility, which would operate 24 hours a day/seven days a week, would have the potential to provide renewable electricity for up to 10,000 homes distributed through the local power network.
It would also create jobs for up to 30 people and could potentially provide heat to nearby businesses and homes.
The report adds that any impact on wildlife could be mitigated by carring out work outside of the main bird nesting season, providing bird and bat boxes across the site, planting trees and shrubs around the boundary and adopting a phased approach to clearing the site which was formerly a railway sidings for the old Brierley Hill Steel Terminal.
And it says waste delivery lorry loads would be limited to 70 a day and deliveries would only be made during “normal working hours”.
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