Shawell Recycling Plant Application

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

A Planning Application has been submitted for a change of use of the redundant Bio-Digester on Gibbet Lane, Shawell, Leics. to a waste processing facility (the green building on right hand side out of the village).

Planning application ref: 2020/CM/0045/LCC

  • Plastic separation and processing (including heating)
  • All types of waste delivered, including organic matter
  • The process of composting organic matter ceased at this site four years ago
  • Increased permitted throughput from 50,000 tons/per annum to 150,000 tons/per annum
  • 24hr 7-day 3-shift operation
  • 300 vehicle movements per week (in/out = 600 trips on Gibbet Lane), 6:00am – 8:00pm Monday to Saturday

WHY YOU SHOULD BE CONCERNED?

  • OPERATING 24/7 PROCESSING 150,000 TONS/PA – OLD FACILITY IN OPERATION UNTIL 2016 WAS 50,000 TONS/PA – SO WILL BE 3x MORE RUBBISH THAN PREVIOUS FACILITY
  • 600 EXTRA TRIPS ALONG GIBBET LANE BY HGVS CARRYING RUBBISH PER WEEK (300 additional vehicle movements in/out)
  • INCREASED NOISE & AIR POLLUTION FROM PLANT PROCESSING & TRAFFIC 
  • PLASTIC PROCESSING IS NEW TO THE UK – DO WE UNDERSTAND EMISSIONS?
  • INCREASED ODOUR 
  • INCREASED FLIES AND VERMIN 
  • INCREASED TRAFFIC ON ALREADY CONGESTED GIBBET ROUNDABOUT
  • ACCESS ROAD (GIBBET LANE) TO SITE IS NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE
  • IMPACT ON CONSERVATION AREA, COMMUNITY AND NATURE
  • REQUIRED PRE-COMMUNITY CONSULTATION BY APPLICANT HAS NOT TAKEN PLACE The local residents have not had an opportunity to raise concerns, particularly with regard to the new process of  plastic recovery using heating.

IF YOU LIVE/TRAVEL IN THE VICINITY THIS WILL HAVE A SERIOUS IMPACT AND REQUIRES YOUR URGENT ATTENTION IF YOU WANT TO OBJECT!

WHAT YOU CAN DO! 

SEND AN OBJECTION TO LEICESTER COUNTY COUNCIL BY 30TH JUNE

This can be done the following ways:

(Planning Application reference 2020/CM/0045/LCC)

For the attention of Sophie Hughes – Planning Officer

  • By post:

Sophie Hughes
Planning Officer 
Leicestershire County Council
County Hall
Leicester
LE3 8RA

Please ensure you quote Planning Application reference 2020/CM/0045/LCC in your objection.

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS – 30TH JUNE! 

THE MORE OBJECTIONS RECEIVED BY LEICS. COUNTY COUNCIL, THE STRONGER OUR CASE.  PLEASE TAKE 5 MINUTES TO WRITE TO OBJECT TO THIS PLANNING APPLICATION. 

SUGGESTED REASONS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR OBJECTION

Below are suggestions of some valid reasons you can use in your objection to the planning application:

  • SCALE & DOMINANCE

The facility dominates the landscape, and will increasingly be an isolated feature in a rural, agricultural landscape.  When the quarry finishes mineral extraction (in approx. 3 years time), this will be even more so. 

As this building has been dormant for 4 years we suggest that this is a compromised site not suitable to be adapted to this new facility.  The building is not purpose-built, the location is too close to habitation, it has poor access and too great an impact on our area. 

  • HIGHWAY SAFETY

Gibbet Lane is already compromised to non-site traffic, plus also non-vehicular users, during the working week.  This proposal would be an overload of a village access ‘lane’.  More HGVs along this lane is unacceptable and potentially dangerous to other road users.  This country lane is not fit for the purpose of accessing such a facility.

  • TRAFFIC

Gibbet Lane and Gibbet roundabout are already extremely congested and will become more so with the ongoing expansion of Magna Park and DIRFT, as well as other Distribution Centres in the area.  The additional volume of HGVs from this facility will increase queues at the roundabout and consequently increased traffic through the village centre as drivers try to find alternative ‘rat-runs’.

  • NOISE

Daytime noise will be increased considerably (plant noise & HGVs), but as this planned facility is a 24hr operation, the noise during the evenings and at nighttime will be more noticeable due to reduced background noise.

  • IMPACT ON CHARACTER & APPEARANCE OF THE AREA

The quarry site is gradually being returned to agriculture/ecology as mineral extraction is completed.  The quarry has always been a ‘temporary’ blight on the area.  This facility will dominate the landscape and have a detrimental effect on the character of the village.

  • EFFECT ON CONSERVATION AREAS

The proposed facility is just 550m from the edge of the conservation area and 450m from the nearest dwelling.

  • EFFECT ON WILDLIFE & NATURE CONSERVATION

This has been returning to the site now that mineral extraction activity is coming to an end.

  • LOCAL AMENITY

Bridleway is inaccessible during the working week.  Re-instated footpaths and bridleways are within 200-300m of the facility.  Very limited access to footpaths/bridleways for the village due to proximity to M1, M6, A5, A426.

  • DEVIATION FROM GOVERNMENT POLICY & LEICESTER COUNTY COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT PLANS

Waste being transported nationally by HGVs to this facility for segregation and processing.  The majority of the waste will then be redistributed back around the country by HGVs for reprocessing at other plants.

A residential proportion of waste will go into the Cotesbach Landfill making it more of a ’national’ landfill site rather than processing local waste. 

No required pre-submission consultation by the applicant or the council has taken place with the local community.  There has not been an opportunity for residents to raise concerns regarding the facility, in particular the process of heating plastics and the associated regulation of emissions. 

As this planning application is being processed during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown, it makes it very difficult for the local community to discuss the serious impact of this application.  We are forbidden to hold a Parish meeting due to emergency legislation.

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