Farnley: Waste plant plans set for green light?

18 April 2019

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Retrospective plans to expand a waste recycling centre at the Whitehall Road Industrial estate – and increase its opening hours – will be decided next week.

Bill DYson Skip Hire has applied for retrospective planning permission for improvement works to the waste transfer building and yard area.

There have been a total of 46 objections. The complaints relate primarily to a request for new working hours of 6am to midnight (Monday to Friday) and 6am-3pm on Saturdays.

Council planning officers are recommending the plans be approved, but opening hours are pegged back to 7.30am-7pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 5pm on Saturday.

Councillors Ann and David Blackburn (Green, Farnley and Wortley) have asked that the planning application be determined by councillors sitting on the South and West Plans Panel next Thursday. Their objection relates to the proposed extension to the operating hours and associated noise nuisance.

But a council planning officer’s report recommends approval, subject to conditions. It says:

“..the proposal is unlikely to result in significant harm to sensitive receptors, including local residents and users of the public highway.

“As the proposal does not conflict with any relevant local or national planning policies and it is considered that there are no material considerations that would outweigh local or national planning policy in this particular instance, a recommendation for approval is made subject to the proposed schedule of planning conditions.”

The agenda report can be found here.

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