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Powerday MRF application thrown out

Powerday’s plans for a waste site including a MRF in west London have been thrown out by councillors for a third time.

The company had submitted a revised application for a site off Tavistock Road in West Drayton with a reduction in the proposed capacity from 950,000 to 450,000 tonnes per annum.

But it has again been rejected because of strong public concerns about traffic, the scale of the development and air quality.

Nine petitions with a total of more than 3,000 signatures opposing the scheme were sent to Hillingdon Council, whose major applications committee uninimously rejected the proposals.

The application included a MRF to accept trade, construction and household waste, as well as storage bays for the materials.

A report by the head of planning, sport and green spaces said: “The proposed scheme does not accord with relevant national, regional and local plan policies.

“While it is generally acceptable in terms of appearance, impact on the visual character of the area and disabled access provisions, it fails to demonstrate that the development would be acceptable in terms of highway and transport impacts as well as air quality.”

Shadow chancellor and Hayes and Harlington MP John McDonnell has been a long-term opponent of the scheme, previously describing it as an “environmentally damaging proposal”.

Hillingdon protestors

Hillingdon protestors

Powerday was fined more than £1m in April after it admitted illegally dealing with 14,000 tonnes of hazardous waste which included asbestos.

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