'HGV havoc' fears over plan to reopen Shawell Quarry recycling complex
A disused recycling complex could be brought back into use but there are concerns it will lead to ‘HGV havoc’ on nearby roads. The Cotesbach Mechanical Biological Treatment facility at Shawell Quarry, near Lutterworth, has been mothballed for four years but now there are proposals to repurpose and reopen it. Quarry owner Tarmac Trading and international waste management firm Beauparc Group are behind the plan to alter the equipment at the site so 150,000 tonnes of household, commercial and industrial rubbish can be processed and recyclable materials recovered.
The site currently has planning permission for 50,000 tonnes of waste to be processed a year.
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They say roads like the A5 and A426 are already taking too many trucks and lorries. They are also concerned the processes being proposed, which involve the heating of plastics, are not environmentally friendly. The nearest homes are in Shawell village less than 500 metres from the complex.
The disused recycling complex near Shawell
The objectors are also concerned that the consultation on the plan has been largely carried out during lockdown.
Chairman of the Shawell Parish Meeting Howard Jones said: “It is very frustrating that there was no consultation with the community, and it was sprung on us while we were obeying the lockdown restrictions. “It feels like they were trying to sneak it through while we were unable to oppose it.” The plant formerly separated rubbish and then produced compost.
The applicants say their scheme will allow large amounts of rubbish to be recycled as well as creating 30 jobs on a site that will otherwise continue to fall into disrepair. They say the site would operate 24/7 and that lorry movements would be between 6am and 8pm from Monday to Saturday. They also say the complex already has permission for 300 lorry journeys a week and despite wanting to process more waste, this would not increase.
The applicants said: “Overall, the proposed development is considered to present a range of significant benefits and provides general accordance with waste planning policy.
“This application provides an opportunity to return an inactive (and significant) waste facility to a beneficial use without increase of any environmental, amenity or transport impacts.”
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