Veolia gives up fight to build waste transfer site in Lincoln

Environmental services company Veolia has withdrawn its challenge against Lincolnshire County Council’s objection to a waste transfer site in Lincoln.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.

Veolia then submitted an appeal to challenge this decision in July 2017. This appeal has now been withdrawn by the firm.

The 12 metre 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.

Councillor Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I am pleased Veolia has withdrawn its appeal to their application to build a waste transfer station at Long Leys Road being refused.

“This is good news for local residents and the county council as we remained opposed to the proposed development due to its close proximity to many residential properties.

“There would also had been extra traffic generated by the proposed development with lorries potentially leaving the site very early in the morning resulting in disturbance to residents.”

Chris Taylor. Photo: The Lincolnite

Chris Taylor, a resident who was strongly against plans for the site and is part of the StopVeolia action group, said: “This means we have won.

“The Public Inquiry will now not be taking place, and the planning refusal from last February stands.

“We cannot unequivocally say this is the end of the story. There is nothing to stop Veolia submitting a new planning application, but we will be watching very carefully.

“For now, however, until and unless they do so, the matter is closed.”

The Lincolnite has contacted Veolia for a statement, however at the time of writing have not had a response.