Powerday has criticised a London council for rejecting its plans for a waste site including a MRF in west London for a third time, saying the extent of modifications to the scheme had not been acknowledged.
The company had submitted a revised application for a site off Tavistock Road, West Drayton, after its two previous applications were thrown out. One change was a reduction in the proposed capacity from 950,000 tonnes a year to 450,000 tonnes.
But the third attempt was unanimously rejected by Hillingdon Council’s major planning committee following public concern about traffic, the scale of the development and air quality.
Powerday said it was not surprised at the decision but claimed it had not been allowed to speak to relevant officers before the committee meeting.
A company spokesperson said: “We accept that potential traffic impact from the proposal was the main planning issue and concern to local communities. But we are disappointed that the officers failed to clarify the extent to which the revised proposals had been scaled down in response to the council’s previous refusal of the scheme, allowing opponents simply to re-run previous arguments without challenge.
“On the air quality objection, we absolutely refute that there is any issue caused by the proposals and have provided clear assessments supporting this.
“We feel we had done more than enough to satisfy any reasonable concern about the development, particularly in ensuring that potential environmental impact from the scheme was minimised.
“The proposals at West Drayton would have provided a much-needed facility using state-of-the-art clean technology to recycle material. We will be reviewing our options during the next few weeks.”
The application included a MRF to accept trade, construction and household waste, as well as storage bays for the materials. Nine petitions with a total of more than 3,000 signatures opposing the scheme were sent to the council.
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.”
- Meanwhile, the company has retained its recycling performance reporting accreditation PAS402:2013 a year after it became the first waste management company in England to gain the standard.