PLANS to expand a waste transfer station in Upton-upon-Severn to tackle a rise in demand for the service have been given the green light.
Members of Worcestershire County Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the scheme to build an extension on to the Grove House Yard site last week.
Once the development has been completed, more sorting, storing, loading and unloading can take place inside the station off Tewkesbury Road.
And developer Digaway and Clearaway Ltd has assured council chiefs the maximum amount of waste treated at the site would not exceed 5,000 tonnes, which it currently deals with each year.
The proposed scheme received objections from a number of local residents who put together a 20-strong petition, while Malvern Hills District Council also opposed the extension.
Speaking at the meeting last Thursday (May 19) Mark Bishop, planning officer, said the developer had breached two planning conditions since they secured planning permission in 2012 as work was being carried out outside the building.
However, he said the new development would improve the existing situation and said it would not have a ‘significant’ impact on homes in the area.
“The proposal meets the council’s principal aim of moving waste up the hierarchy to achieve sustainable waste management,” he said.
“It is in an appropriate location and it’s compatible with the waste core strategy.”
Coun Roger Sutton, county councillor for Croome, said the extension would benefit the environment and improve the control of noise, while Coun Sue Askin, county councillor for Claines, added: “I suppose this site is a victim of its own success and my view is that the proposed development can only improve the appearance of the site and improve the conditions for nearby residents.”
Coun Paul Denham, county councillor for Rainbow Hill, said he was unhappy with the ‘jumble’ of homes and industrial units in the area, but he insisted the extension would improve matters for residents.
“If we give approval to this, it would take a lot of work, which has currently been going on outside of the building, inside,” he added.
“Alternatively if we refuse the application, we would have to enforce the existing application which in effect would reduce the amount of throughput of recyclables, which is undesirable because the policy of this council is to increase recycling levels.
“So, on balance, I would approve this application.”