Knowaste has pulled the plug on a facility in west London to process absorbent hygiene products (AHP) after losing a planning appeal.
In July 2016, Hillingdon councillors rejected the £15m Hayes 180 scheme, backing officers who argued that revised assessments of possible odour exposure did not adequately address the planners’ concerns.
They did, however, say it was an appropriate site for a waste facility.
Knowaste, which said it had submitted a comprehensive report into odour management to address the issue, appealed to the Planning Inspectorate (PI).
Following a PI hearing and a visit to the site in February, an inspector dismissed the appeal.
The inspector wrote on 14 March: “I conclude on balance, having had regard to the economic, social and environmental impacts of the proposal, that the harm I have identified, with particular reference to the impact of odour on the living conditions of sensitive receptors, would not be outweighed by other considerations.
“Furthermore, in my judgement, it would be unlikely to be possible to reduce the harm identified to an acceptable level through the imposition of reasonable conditions.”
In 2016, Knowaste said it had worked hard to address the concerns over odour.
After the decision, managing director Paul Richardson told MRW: “We have been notified that the planning decision appeal for Hayes has been dismissed. We regret the decision and are actively reviewing our options for the UK marketplace.
“We look forward to laying out our plans for the future.”
During the dispute, Knowaste said it had identified a site for for a second plant in east London.
In 2013, Knowaste closed an AHP facility it set up in West Bromwich (pictured), saying it outgrown the site. This frustrated a number of councils that had set up nappy recycling schemes, with some councillors complaining they had not been given any warning.