Knowaste is to appeal against the rejection of its plans for a facility in west London to process up to 36,000 tonnes of absorbent hygiene products per year.
The recycling company says it has worked hard to address concerns over odour and may be forced to switch priorities to a venture in the east of the capital if the appeal drags on.
Hillingdon councillors rejected the £15m Hayes 180 scheme, backing officers who argued that, while it was an appropriate site for a waste facility, revised assessments of possible odour exposure did not adequately answer the planners’ concerns.
Knowaste said it had submitted a comprehensive report into odour management which addressed the issue.
The application had been due to be heard by Hillingdon’s major applications planning committee earlier in the year but was withdrawn beforehand because officers wanted more information.
Paul Richardson, UK business development director at Knowaste, said he was “extremely disappointed” at the rejection.
“We’ve bent over backwards to supply all the information required and unfortunately our last resort is to appeal this decision. We always wanted to work with Hillingdon Council and the community to secure a local decision, but regretfully the behaviour of the council has left us no choice.
“At each stage in the process we have provided all the information required for a positive outcome, but at every opportunity council officers have sought to move the goalposts and block this proposal.
“The impact of this decision on our timetable is disappointing as we had already identified a site for plant number two in east London which will proceed as planned, although it may become plant number one if the appeal process takes too long.”
In 2013, Knowaste closed an AHP facility it set up in West Bromwich (pictured), saying it “outgrown” the site. In February that year, the company planned to open five more sites over the next three years [by 2016].
In December 2012, councils in Sandwell and Luton were among local authorities to win funding from DCLG’s Weekly Collection Support Scheme to introduce absorbent hygiene product collection schemes.