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Lancashire goes ahead with waste transfer station despite NIMBY opposition

Lancashire County Council have approved plans for a new waste transfer station to be built on eight hectares of greenfield site in Preston despite strong local opposition.

It is part of a network of facilities being developed in the region to manage municipal waste in response to the Landfill Directive.

The plans have now been sent for approval to the North West Government Office for consideration on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott.

Lancashire County Council's head of development control Simon Prideaux said the development had been "quite controversial" with the local media staging a high-profile campaign against it.

And over a hundred letters objecting to the scheme have been written by local residents worried about the potential noise, smell and dust that could be generated by the site and associated traffic, among other issues.

A building for composting green waste and another to house a waste transfer station for residual waste and a recyclate handling plant, are part of the proposed development off Wallend Road.

The new development would serve the Preston area: treating green waste collected from local households and acting as a bulking and waste transfer facility for recyclables from kerbside collections, and residual waste from households.

It would be one of a number of satellite waste transfer stations and composting facilities that would collect and deliver materials to primary waste management and treatment centres. Planning permission has already been given for waste management facilities in Leyland, Skelmersdale, Pendle and Clitheroe, which will form part of the wider network of sites across the county.

Once in operation the site is anticipated to be open seven days a week, handle approximately 87,000 m³ of waste per year and generate about 168 heavy goods vehicle movements a day.

Due to the site's location - on a flood plain - part of the proposal involves raising certain areas of the site by up to two metres using imported engineered materials. If approved, building work is expected to start in 2007 and take about 12 months, with site operations starting in 2009.

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