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Sutton Courtenay waste site extension plans are binned
10:00am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
AN attempt to expand and extend operations of a waste site that will soon open in Sutton Courtenay has been blocked.
Councillors yesterday ruled against two planning bids from FCC Environment relating to its materials recycling facility (MRF), next to its existing landfill site in the village, which is near Abingdon.
The company wanted to be able to operate the facility, which is not yet up and running, until 10pm on week days and use the site to transfer waste onto lorries to be taken elsewhere.
It also wanted to be allowed to deal with medical waste on the site, which it does not currently have permission for.
But the plans were thrown out by Oxfordshire County Council’s planning committee after residents raised concerns about the impact the changes would have.
Robin Draper, who lives in Sutton Courtenay, said at the meeting that he felt if the expansion was approved, the developer would be breaking a deal which means it must stop using the site by 2030.
“All this application does is help FCC expand its capacity,” he said. “Enough is clearly enough.”
Residents spoke about concerns over noise and smells from the site, and said it caused problems with rats and vehicle movement.
But before a decision was reached, company spokesman Paul Marsh said the firm was still planning to turn the site back into agricultural land by the agreed date in 2030.