Bakers Waste to appeal over new plant refusal
A waste firm is challenging a decision to refuse its plans to relocate.
Bakers Waste wants to move from Glen Parva to South Wigston, but was refused planning permission by Leicestershire County Council.
Councillors rejected the proposal to open a plant in Magna Road, which would process 50,000 tonnes of commercial waste each year, after more than 2,000 people signed a petition against it.
Councillors said the plant would be unacceptable to residents because of increased traffic, noise and odour.
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Bakers Waste's appeal will be decided by a Government planning inspector.
The company said planning officers had recommended approval of the application.
South Wigston county councillor Bill Boulter said: "I've put leaflets out in the area warning people there is an appeal and the response I have had is they are pretty upset about it. They thought they had seen this off."
Coun Boulter said the firm was operating on the site, pending the outcome of the appeal.
The county council said it was not taking enforcement action.
Coun Boulter said: "That they are up and running already on a limited basis gives people a taste of what will come if they are granted permission.
"The lorries are already causing problems."
Andrew Lawrence, 35, of Pullman Road, near the site, said: "I hope the appeal fails.
"The roads round here are already chocka and a load more rubbish lorries won't help. It's the wrong place."
Nobody from Bakers Waste was available to comment yesterday.
However, director Paul Baker has previously said moving would allow the company to have a building which was better sealed and which would be fitted with a filter system to prevent smells escaping.
He said the move would safeguard the jobs of 62 staff and allow future expansion.
A county council spokeswoman said: "The planning appeal will be dealt with by means of a hearing to be held at County Hall.
"Local residents have been notified about the appeal and have until February 26 to send comments directly to the Planning Inspectorate.
"All comments made previously have been forwarded to the inspectorate.
"We have not yet received a confirmed date for the hearing, but residents will be informed of this once we have."
Submissions should be sent to Deb Smith, The Planning Inspectorate, 3/10b Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN.