Brightlingsea Town Council has objected to the proposal to site an inert waste recycling plant at Morses Lane, Brightlingsea.
In a response, sent to the Minerals & Waste Planning section of Essex County Council’s planning department on February 10th, Brightlingsea Town Council said:
Minerals & Waste Planning (RWLP)
Planning and Environment
Essex County Council
E3 County Hall
Essex CM1 1XH
Essex and Southend-on-Sea
REPLACEMENT WASTE LOCAL PLAN
W31 – MORSES LANE, BRIGHTLINGSEA
Brightlingsea Town Council feel that this site it totally unsuitable to be included as allocation in the Replacement Waste Local Plan – Pre-Submission Draft.
There is only one road in and out of Brightlingsea that is currently serving the existing recycling facility which is creating problems and complaints from local residents as it abuts a residential area.
There is a current planning application for dwellings on the north side of Samson’s Road next to Oakwood and a potential allocation for housing in that area included in the emerging District Plan.
Heavy goods vehicles (HGV) entering Brightlingsea (other than items going to and from Moverons Farm) cannot avoid going through a residential area whichever route they take. Hopkins Homes are developing a housing site in Robinson Road and their vehicles (HGV’s) are disturbing residents day in and day out and this could get worse when stage two gets planning consent. Church Hill into Brightlingsea is very narrow with bends and HGV’s have difficulty passing each other on the hill and this includes buses. There is a regular bus service to and from Colchester every twenty minutes during the day and at school opening and closing times, eleven buses (equivalent to forty four traffic movements) use this road. The HGV’s operating in and out of the sand and gravel works at Moverons Farm also have to use this road. A resident has recently completed a traffic survey which showed over 50 lorry movements in one hour in one day.
All these HGV’s have to pass very close by a Grade One Listed Building (All Saint’s Church) near the top of the hill risking damage by vibration and pollution. Within the proximity of the site there is a secondary school, a food store and a petrol station, all in a residential area.
Notwithstanding the specific issues mentioned in appendix 2 it is most unlikely that if they were incorporated into planning conditions at the planning stage, compliance may not be met in practice. Even if the sorting, crushing and other recycling practices are done in a building it is not necessarily going to reduce the noise but could increase it.
The site itself is currently agricultural land and does not meet any specific criteria for waste management other than being adjacent to a waste site.
The Town Council is particularly concerned that the proposal does not meet the proximity principle. Most inert waste to be processed into recycled aggregates comes from preconsumer waste from concrete production and major demolition sites none of which are in the locality. Furthermore, while the Council fully supports the concept of recycling it is generally accepted that unwashed recycled aggregates have limited uses and there is no evidence to suggest that they would be required locally in significant quantities during the plan period. In terms of sustainability the Town Council believes it would be better to locate inert waste processing sites closer to where the waste arises and close to development areas where the recycled aggregate would be required.
Noise, dust and existing over 50 lorry movement in one hour and projected 5,555 HGV movements p.a. (some 24/7) concerns of the local residents and the increased risks to a grade one listed building has convinced the Town Council that it would be totally inappropriate to include this site in the Waste Local Plan.
c.c. Bernard Jenkin, MP
Councillor John White, Chairman of Planning Committee, Tendring District Council
C Bicknell, Head of Planning, Tendring District Council
And, in a subsequent comment regarding modifications to the proposal, the Council stated in a letter to the same department:
ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL REPLACEMENT WASTE LOCAL PLAN – MODIFICATIONS CONSULTATION
Brightlingsea Town Council maintains its objection to this proposal.
The Planning Committee of the Council have considered the two modifications to Appendix 15 – Table 14, Morses Lane, Brightlingsea.
The first modification states ‘It is expected that operations would be enclosed within an appropriate building.’ This statement is too weak and the words ‘It is expected that’ should be deleted.
The second modification states ‘ The configuration and operation of the proposed facility shall have regard to impacts on neighbouring land uses, including the potential impacts on the adjacent retail use.’ The Council welcomes and supports this modification.
Further information about the plan can be found on Essex County Council’s website here.