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Countrystyle receives planning permission for Kent waste facilities

Countrystyle Recycling has been granted planning approval to build an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant and a MRF at Sellindge near Folkestone, Kent. Up to 20,000 tonnes of organic waste and 75,000 tonnes of dry recyclable material will be treated by the facilities.

Kent County Council voted 14 to 3 in favour of the plans, which had also been recommended approval by planning officers. However, site proposals have been the focus of “considerable local opposition”. The AD plant and MRF will be built on the former Otterpool quarry and asphalt production site.

SLR Consulting assisted Countrystyle to secure planning approval. Technical director Nigel Cronin said: “We were keen to emphasise the plant would ensure that locally generated waste would no longer need to be transported 30 miles to be landfilled, and that the scheme is in accordance with national, regional and Kent County Council local policies for the location of waste management facilities.”

Kent council has imposed various conditions on the application to address concerns of Sellindge and District Residents Association. Lorry access, ground contamination, noise controls and dust and smell controls must be met before the environmental permit will be issued.

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