ePetition details

Stop the proposed waste recycling centre on Bury Mead Road, Hitchin

We the undersigned petition the County Council to Refuse permission for the planning application.

We are opposed to plans to build a large waste recycling centre at 32 Bury Mead Road in Hitchin close to a large residential area, nurseries and an infant school.

The commercial recycling centre would process up to 75,000 tonnes of building waste a year into hardcore rubble, potentially causing serious noise, smell and dust pollution for those living and working nearby.

It would also involve large numbers of lorries bringing skips full of building waste to the site through Hitchin. They would use roads already struggling to cope with lorries servicing the nearby industrial estate around Wilbury Way and Cadwell Lane. These routes are also used by children and families attending Toad Hall nursery, Kinders Mill nursery, Strathmore Infant and Nursery School and Our Lady Catholic Primary School.

The statutory authorities have also voiced concern, with the Environment Agency stating that it may not be able to issue a permit required for the proposed works.

“The development site is extremely confined and appropriate control and management may not be practical to comply with the minimum requirements of an environmental permit. This will raise significant health and safety concerns and could lead to waste escaping from the site,” it said in its writte advice to Hertfordshire County Council.

We are also concerned that the planning application (PL/0097/19) lacks essential detail on:

· exactly what material will be recycled and in what quantities

· the hours of operation

· the number of vehicle journeys involved

· the amount of dust, noise and particulate pollution that will be generated and how this will be avoided, reduced or mitigated.

The planning application can be viewed here: https://www.planning.hertfordshire.gov.uk/Planning/Display?applicationNumber=PL%2F0097%2F19

Started by: Graham Tibbetts

This ePetition ran from 08/09/2019 to 30/10/2019 and has now finished.

290 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

This petition was presented to Development Control Committee on 31 October 2019 where this application was discussed.

The link to the Committee is below.