Devon County Council has rejected plans for a waste transfer depot to be built at one of its industrial parks. Councillors refused a new waste transfer centre at Greendale Barton Business Park, despite pleas from applicants claiming current facilities could not meet recycling needs. The applicant, FWS Carter and Son, claimed that the proposed waste transfer station would take 13,500 tonnes of recyclable materials. According to the council, the scheme was considered an inappropriate development for an area of open countryside and that the development would result in visual harm to the character of the area. It also said that it was concerned about numbers of additional lorry movements. The rejection comes at a time when residents of the village lodged more than 100 official complaints against the scheme and launched protests against it. Villagers were worried about pollution at the centre, which planned to work between 6.30am and 6pm. FWS Carter planning consultant Janine Banks said: The application is crucial. East Devon District Council is currently struggling to achieve 20% recycling rate, let alone 40%. It is vital to meet these targets. But councillor Jon Clatworthy said: We are a planning-led country. This application is outside the boundary of the local plan and it is not surprising that residents are concerned.