Decision day ar­rives for waste site plans

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

CONT ROV E R S I A L plans to build a new waste re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity are set to be de­cided to­day (Wed­nes­day).

Ant Hen­shaw wants to ex­pand his skip hire business on Turf Lane, on the Moss Es­tate, and start sort­ing through com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial waste.

But the scheme faces a bat­tle to get per­mis­sion with op­po­si­tion from res­i­dents, coun­cil­lor Damien Druce and Cheshire East Coun­cil’s agency.

The pro­pos­als, which go in front of the coun­cil’s strate­gic plan­ning com­mit­tee in Crewe to­day, in­volve cre­at­ing three large con­crete bays to sort waste be­fore it is sold to con­sumers or other re­cy­cling firms for pro­cess­ing.

It is pro­posed that the scheme will add 25 ve­hi­cle move­ments to and from the site for five and a half days a week, and in­crease the amount of waste pro­cessed on the site to 5,000 tonnes per year.

Noise from

de­vel­op­ment

ve­hi­cle move­ments will be mit­i­gated by re-sur­fac­ing a sec­tion of Turf Lane near­est to res­i­dents, ac­cord­ing to the plans.

In plan­ning doc­u­ments, Mr Hen­shaw said the de­vel­op­ment “rep­re­sents a much needed in­vest­ment in waste man­age­ment in­fra­struc­ture within Mac­cle­field”.

But ward coun­cil­lor Damien Druce said he ‘whole­heart­edly’ opp­posed the plans.

He said: “The res­i­dents of Moss Lane want to see less waste op­er­a­tors trad­ing and cer­tainly do not want smaller ex­pand­ing.

“It is in a built up res­i­den­tial area.

“It is both un­fair and un­ac­cept­able.

“This ap­pli­ca­tion will cre­ate ex­ces­sive noise and un­pleas­ant smells for res­i­dents, in par­tic­u­lar neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties.

“Moss Lane al­ready suf­fers with a num­ber of high­way safety is­sues, prob­lems with ve­hic­u­lar ac­cess and ex­ces­sive ve­hi­cle move­ments, all of which will be ex­ac­er­bated if this ap­pli­ca­tion is ap­proved.”

In a state­ment, Cheshire

op­er­a­tors East: En­gine of the North, the coun­cil-owned company tasked with de­vel­op­ing land for hous­ing and em­ploy­ment, ar­gues the de­vel­op­ment clashes with plans for the South Mac­cles­field De­vel­op­ment Area (SMDA) for 1,100 homes, a new link road, play­ing fields, and leisure and re­tail de­vel­op­ments.

Plan­ning of­fi­cers rec­om­mend the com­mit­tee refuse the scheme on the grounds of the po­ten­tial im­pact on res­i­dents and roads. Mr Hen­shaw could not be con­tacted for com­ment.

●● David Rutley vis­its the Com­mon­wealth War Graves at Mac­cles­field Ceme­tery with Ju­lia Jones and Trevor Druce

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