Veolia to challenge refusal of plans for waste transfer site in Lincoln

Environmental services company Veolia has said that it will be challenging a decision made by councillors to refuse planning permission for a waste transfer site in Lincoln.

Lincolnshire County Council received the planning application for a new waste transfer facility from Veolia ES (UK) Ltd in October 2016, which would be based on its current lorry depot off Long Leys Road, however councillors refused the plans on February 6.

The 12m high facility would have replaced the current depot and would have been capable of processing 46,500 tonnes of non-hazardous commercial waste each year.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

However, during a consultation period, residents raised a number of concerns regarding the plans, some suggesting that the site would create unacceptable traffic, smells, noise, air pollution and the likelihood of vermin.

In total, 347 people opposed the application and 622 residents signed a petition against the plans.

Veolia now have until August 6, 2017 to formally lodge an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate.

A spokesperson for Veolia said: “Veolia has decided to appeal the decision to refuse permission for our proposed development at Long Leys Road in Lincoln.

“We remain firmly of the view that development to allow enhanced activity on site is an appropriate course of action and our appeal will focus on demonstrating that to the planning authority.

“We will update local residents and neighbouring businesses in due course and we intend to provide an opportunity for interested parties to visit our site at an upcoming open day.

“A date for the appeal submission is yet to be decided.”

Chris Taylor. Photo: The Lincolnite

Chris Taylor, a resident who is strongly against plans for the site and is part of the StopVeolia action group, told The Lincolnite: “Of course we are disappointed, but not surprised, and we await with interest to hear what grounds Veolia feels can properly justify an appeal against February’s decision.

“Our position is as before, only even stronger.

“Such a development on this site is totally inappropriate, and we will fight it with determination as before, confident in the support of the local community.”

The Residents’ Association committee will meet tonight (Thursday, July 6) to discuss the response on behalf of the Long Leys community.