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Recycler's frustration at 'unreasonable' councillors

A recycling firm has accused councillors of behaving unreasonably in rejecting official advice to allow its MRF to continue operating beyond next year.

Hills Waste Solutions had applied to Wiltshire Council for permission to retain and extend the existing MRF at Lower Compton near Calne.

Despite objections from individuals and local authorities on a number of issues, the application was recommended for approval by a council planning officer.

Hills said it was “extremely disappointed” that the strategic planning committee then threw it out and accused councillors of acting “unreasonably” in voting against the recommendation.

A statement said: “The issues which have been brought to the fore in coming to this decision do not reflect the planning position or the technical reports which have been scrutinised by Wiltshire Council and by external consultants working on the council’s behalf.

“The reports and conclusions in them were found to be robust and no significant impacts were identified. Hills consider the proposals to be wholly in line with Wiltshire’s policies.

“Hills is confident that this decision will be overturned on appeal to the Planning Inspectorate and will be looking to recover full costs of the appeal from the council.”

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