Veolia Environmental Services planning application to build a composting plant next to a fresh food supplier in Nottingham has been refused by the local authority.
Despite planning officers recommending the construction of the plant, Nottinghamshire County Council unanimously refused the application because of its possible impact on neighbouring businesses, which have campaigned against the plant for the past 18 months.
Nottinghamshire County Council head of Planning Services Neil Hunt said: The application was refused because of the impact on the adjoining food processing plant, risk to health, potential loss of employment and anticipated traffic.
Veolia was hoping to build an open-windrow composting facility at Inkersall Grange Farm near Bilsthorpe as part of its £850M 26-year PFI contract with the council. Proposals were for the plant to handle 35,000 tonnes of municipal green waste annually.
However, it would have been situated next to a farmers co-operative called Fresh Growers, which grows and packs vegetables and other crops. According to Freshgro, the composting plant would have stood next to its fresh vegetable and salad processing unit.
Freshgro chairman Bill Eastwood explained if the plant had compromised its ability to produce safe food, the farm would have had to close, with a potential loss of 400 jobs.
In response to the councils decision, Veolia Nottinghamshire managing director Steve Mitchell said: Once we establish the exact reasons why this application has been declined we will consider the best way forward.
We are committed to delivering a composting facility in Nottinghamshire which will be a key piece of infrastructure that will enable Nottinghamshire residents to reach the ambitious recycling targets that have been set by Nottinghamshire County Council.