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Opposition to re-submission of waste plans

Re-submission of a controversial planning application to redevelop an existing recycling facility near Colchester is currently being considered by Essex County Council.

The application, submitted by Colchester Skip Hire, relates to the redevelopment of its existing base at Greenacres between the villages of Wormingford and Fordham and follows an initial application which was rejected by the council six months ago as it was deemed “inappropriate” for the area.

Colchester Skip Hire has now re-submitted its application taking into account the council’s objections. However, objections from residents still remain in place with 51 letters of representation being received from the 85 properties which were directly notified of the application.

The objections relate to planning issues covering things like environmental impact caused by additional lorry movements and the surrounding buildings not warranting the proposed development.

A spokesman for Essex County Council told MRW: “We have turned down an application previously so Colchester Skip Hire has had to modify its application and come back to us with new proposals. We are in the process of considering these new proposals and it will have to go before our development and regulation committee. We will probably have a decision on this by June or July.”

Colchester Skip Hire insists that vehicle movements would not increase under the new proposals and that expanding their facilities will aid in reducing the amount of waste currently being sent to landfill.

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